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Anti-prion activity of Brilliant Blue G.

PloS one (2012-06-14)
Yoshifumi Iwamaru, Takato Takenouchi, Yuichi Murayama, Hiroyuki Okada, Morikazu Imamura, Yoshihisa Shimizu, Makoto Hashimoto, Shirou Mohri, Takashi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Kitani
ABSTRACT

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders with no effective therapy currently available. Accumulating evidence has implicated over-activation of P2X7 ionotropic purinergic receptor (P2X7R) in the progression of neuronal loss in several neurodegenerative diseases. This has led to the speculation that simultaneous blockade of this receptor and prion replication can be an effective therapeutic strategy for prion diseases. We have focused on Brilliant Blue G (BBG), a well-known P2X7R antagonist, possessing a chemical structure expected to confer anti-prion activity and examined its inhibitory effect on the accumulation of pathogenic isoforms of prion protein (PrPres) in a cellular and a mouse model of prion disease in order to determine its therapeutic potential. BBG prevented PrPres accumulation in infected MG20 microglial and N2a neural cells at 50% inhibitory concentrations of 14.6 and 3.2 µM, respectively. Administration of BBG in vivo also reduced PrPres accumulation in the brains of mice with prion disease. However, it did not appear to alleviate the disease progression compared to the vehicle-treated controls, implying a complex role of P2X7R on the neuronal degeneration in prion diseases. These results provide novel insights into the pathophysiology of prion diseases and have important implications for the treatment.

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