News ArchivesRead News

Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease Shows Improved Brain Function, Motor Skills

Wednesday October 16, 2013

The Sacramento Bee - A paper published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology shows that Revalesio's novel therapeutic RNS60 significantly improved biochemical and behavioral (movement) outcomes in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease (PD). The research was conducted by the laboratory of Dr. Kalipada Pahan at Rush University Medical Center.

The model used in the study generates Parkinson's-like symptoms through targeting dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta, a region of the brain involved in controlling movement. The model produces neuronal death, loss of dopamine, and physical symptoms of the disease. The experiments conducted by Dr. Pahan's group demonstrate that treatment with RNS60 restored dopamine and provided a significant level of protection against neuronal death through upregulation of a protein called I kappa B alpha (IkBa).

"IkBa is an anti-inflammatory protein that helps with survival and function of neurons in neuroinflammatory conditions," said Dr. Pahan. "For therapeutic purpose, the best option would be to increase the level of this protein directly in the brain using a non-toxic medication. Remarkably, RNS60 treatment achieved this goal and thereby protected dopaminergic neurons in the mouse model of PD," Dr. Pahan said.

In addition to protecting the brain from the biochemical damage associated with PD, RNS60 also preserved the motor function of the animals, which the researchers assessed using numerous techniques. The ability to protect dopaminergic neurons, preserve striatal neurotransmitter function, and halt the progression of neurodegeneration and associated symptoms strongly suggest RNS60 as a promising therapeutic for PD and other neuroinflammatory diseases.

Revalesio's director of neurology research, Dr. Supurna Ghosh said, "In this study, RNS60's effect on the central anti-inflammatory mechanism in the glial cells of the brain is remarkable. Based on this work, and research previously published, we are hopeful RNS60 can have significant therapeutic effects in multiple neuroinflammatory and neuro-degenerative diseases. We are moving forward with additional research and human trials to further understand the therapeutic potential of RNS60."

A copy of the paper, Protection of Dopaminergic Neurons in a Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease by a Physically-Modified Saline Containing Charge-Stabilized Nanobubbles, can be found online at the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11481-013-9503-3)

About RNS60: Revalesio is developing the use of RNS60 as a therapeutic that alters whole cell conductance through effects voltage-sensing membrane-bound proteins, thereby modulating the activity of G protein-coupled receptors and the secretion of cytokines, chemokines resulting in decreased inflammation and cell death. RNS60 contains charge-stabilized nanostructures (CSN) that are created by subjecting normal saline to Taylor-Couette-Poiseuille (TCP) flow. RNS60 has demonstrated a reduction in inflammatory responses that are linked to numerous diseases, including neurodegenerative, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

(16 Oct. 2013). The Sacramento Bee. Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease Shows Improved Brain Function, Motor Skills Due to Revalesio's RNS60. www.sacbee.com.

Recent News

Nov 22 - A caregiver's story: Living and loving through the slow process of dying
Nov 19 - Testosterone cause of sex differences in the occurrence of Parkinson’s disease, new research suggests
Nov 18 - New strategy reduces side effects in Parkinson's treatment
Nov 14 - Opinion: The never-ending tests of Parkinson's disease
Nov 13 - Parkinson’s disease: A new tool for diagnosis
Nov 10 - Parkinson's Disease Drug May Be Useful For Delaying, Preventing Blindness In Older Population
Nov 9 - Microsoft VP’s diagnosis fuels employees’ heartfelt efforts to help others
Nov 6 - Lewy body dementia: unrecognized and misdiagnosed
Nov 5 - Gait difficulties in Parkinson's linked to new blood vessels in brain
Oct 30 - Special Section: Enabling Technologies for Parkinson’s Disease Management
Oct 27 - Scientists discover a 'switchboard' of molecules that protect against Parkinson's disease
Oct 26 - Dancing improves mobility and quality of life in people with Parkinson's
Oct 23 - The amazing woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease — before symptoms appear
Oct 20 - Personal Essay: The deviousness of dementia
Oct 19 - Mechanism that 'melts' protein clumps may lead to new Parkinson's treatments
Oct 19 - Researchers find that stem cell treatment may reduce cognitive impairment related to dementia with Lewy bodies
Oct 17 - Cancer Drug Helps Parkinson's Patients
Oct 12 - Researchers identify immune gene that can prevent Parkinson's disease and dementia
Oct 12 - Blog Post: An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress
Oct 7 - This month, a brain surgery will be broadcast on live TV for the first time ever