Differentiation and transcription factor gene therapy in experimental parkinson's disease: sonic hedgehog and Gli-1, but not Nurr-1, protect nigrostriatal cell bodies from 6-OHDA-induced neurodegeneration.

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We tested the activity of the dopaminergic neuron differentiation factor sonic hedgehog, its downstream transcription factor target Gli-1, and an orphan nuclear receptor, Nurr-1, necessary for the induction of the dopaminergic phenotype of nigrostriatal neurons, in an in vivo model of nigrostriatal neurodegeneration. Our preliminary experiments demonstrated… (More)

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