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Metallothionein and brain inflammation


Manso, Y; Adlard, P A; Carrasco, J; Vašák, M; Hidalgo, J (2011). Metallothionein and brain inflammation. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 16(7):1103-1113.

Abstract

Since the seminal discoveries of Bert Vallee regarding zinc and metallothioneins (MTs) more than 50 years ago, thousands of studies have been published concerning this fascinating story. One of the most active areas of research is the involvement of these proteins in the inflammatory response in general, and in neuroinflammation in particular. We describe the general aspects of the inflammatory response, highlighting the essential role of the major cytokine interleukin-6, and review briefly the expression and function of MTs in the central nervous system in the context of neuroinflammation. Particular attention is paid to the Tg2576 Alzheimer disease mouse model and the preliminary results obtained in mice into which human Zn(7)MT-2A was injected, which suggest a reversal of the behavioral deficits while enhancing amyloid plaque load and gliosis.

Abstract

Since the seminal discoveries of Bert Vallee regarding zinc and metallothioneins (MTs) more than 50 years ago, thousands of studies have been published concerning this fascinating story. One of the most active areas of research is the involvement of these proteins in the inflammatory response in general, and in neuroinflammation in particular. We describe the general aspects of the inflammatory response, highlighting the essential role of the major cytokine interleukin-6, and review briefly the expression and function of MTs in the central nervous system in the context of neuroinflammation. Particular attention is paid to the Tg2576 Alzheimer disease mouse model and the preliminary results obtained in mice into which human Zn(7)MT-2A was injected, which suggest a reversal of the behavioral deficits while enhancing amyloid plaque load and gliosis.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Biochemistry
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Biochemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:12 Oct 2011 16:59
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 09:13
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0949-8257
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00775-011-0802-y
PubMed ID:21678079

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