Expression of integrin and CD44 receptors recognising osteopontin in the normal and LPS-lesioned rat substantia nigra.

The multifunctional protein osteopontin (OPN) is expressed in the substantia nigra (SN) and protects nigral dopaminergic neurones against toxic insult in animal models of Parkinson's disease, although the mechanisms involved are uncertain. In the periphery, OPN regulates inflammatory processes by interacting with integrin and CD44 receptors but the presence… CONTINUE READING