Tyrosine hydroxylase and dopamine transporter expression in residual dopaminergic neurons: potential contributors to spontaneous recovery from experimental Parkinsonism.


1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahyrdropyridine (MPTP)-exposed cats develop severe Parkinsonism that spontaneously resolves in 4-6 weeks. The present study examined the extent to which compensatory changes in tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and dopamine transporter (DAT) gene and protein expression may underlie this behavioral recovery. In normal cats, TH and DAT… (More)