Advances in Viral Genomes Research (Virology Research by John A. Borrelli, Ylenia D. Giannini

By John A. Borrelli, Ylenia D. Giannini

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Amplicon vectors were used to compare BDNF ability with that of the glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) to protect nigrostriatal neurons in a rat model of PD. According to this study, GDNF was significantly more effective than BDNF for both correcting behavioral deficits and protecting nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. The expression of both neurotrophic factors from the same vector was not more effective than expressing GDNF only [153]. In a further study addressing the effect of this trophic factor, it was shown that intracerebral administration of amplicon vectors expressing GDNF, following prior occlusion of the middle cerebral artery, displayed neuroprotection in ischemic injury.

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