Gómez-Gálvez, Y, Fuller, H, Synowsky, S, Shirran, SL and Gates, MA (2020) Quantitative proteomic profiling of the rat substantia nigra places glial fibrillary acidic protein at the hub of proteins dysregulated during aging: Implications for idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neuroscience Research. (In Press)

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Abstract

There is a strong correlation between aging and onset of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, but little is known about whether cellular changes occur during normal aging that may explain this association. Here, proteomic and bioinformatic analysis was conducted on the substantia nigra of rats at four stages of life to identify and quantify protein changes throughout aging. This analysis revealed that proteins associated with cell adhesion, protein aggregation and oxidative-reduction are dysregulated as early as middle age in rats. Glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) was identified as a network hub connecting the greatest number of proteins altered during aging. Furthermore, the isoform of GFAP expressed in the substantia nigra varied throughout life. However, the expression levels of the rate-limiting enzyme for dopamine production, tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), was maintained even in the oldest animals, despite a reduction in the number of dopamine neurons in the SNc as aging progressed. This age-related increase in TH expression per neuron would likely to increase the vulnerability of neurons, since increased dopamine production would be an additional source of oxidative stress. This, in turn, would place a high demand on support systems from local astrocytes, which themselves show protein changes that could affect their functionality. Taken together, this study highlights key processes that are altered with age in the rat substantia nigra, each of
which converge upon GFAP. These findings offer insight into the relationship between aging and increased challenges to neuronal viability, and indicate an important role for glial cells in the aging process.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: glial fibrillary acidic protein, aging, dopaminergic neuron, substantia nigra, proteomics, proteome
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 12:47
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 12:47
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/7803

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