Neuroprotective effect of small heat shock protein, Hsp27, after acute and chronic alcohol administration

Melinda Erzsebet Toth, Szilvia Gonda, Laszlo Vigh, Miklos Santha

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Abstract

Alcohol induces degeneration of neurons and inhibits neurogenesis in the brain. Small heat shock proteins are able to protect neurons in cerebral ischemia and oxidative stress. In this study, we investigated the neuroprotective effect of small heat shock protein, Hsp27, after acute and chronic ethanol administrations using transgenic mice overexpressing the human Hsp27 protein. Transgenic mice and wild-type littermates were injected with 2 g/kg ethanol intraperitoneally, and then motor coordination and muscle strength were analyzed using different behavioral tests, such as footprint analysis, balance beam, and inverted screen tests. Ethanol-injected transgenic mice showed similar footprints to control saline-injected mice, did not fall of the beam, and were able to climb to the top of the inverted screen, while wild-type mice showed ataxia and incoordination after ethanol injection. The effect of Hsp27 on chronic ethanol consumption was also investigated. Drinking water of mice was replaced by a 20% ethanol solution for 5 weeks, and then brain sections were stained with Fluoro Jade C staining. We found significantly lesser amount of degenerating neurons in the brain of ethanol-drinking transgenic mice compared to wild-type mice. We conclude that Hsp27 can protect neurons against the acute and chronic toxic effects of ethanol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-817
Number of pages11
JournalCell Stress and Chaperones
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2010

Keywords

  • Ethanol
  • Hsp27
  • Neuroprotection
  • Transgenic mice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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