MRI detects acute degeneration of the nigrostriatal dopamine system after MPTP exposure in hemiparkinsonian monkeys.

Abstract

Exposure to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) can cause an acute chemical toxicity resulting in a parkinsonian state in humans and nonhuman primates. We wished to assess whether the toxicity from MPTP is associated with changes on magnetic resonance images of brain structures containing dopamine neuronal processes or with disrupture of the… (More)

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