Iduna protects the brain from glutamate excitotoxicity and stroke by interfering with poly(ADP-ribose) polymer-induced cell death

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  • Glutamate acting on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors induces neuronal injury following stroke, through activation of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) and generation of the death molecule poly(ADP-ribose) (PAR) polymer. Here we identify Iduna, a previously undescribed NMDA receptor-"induced survival protein that is neuroprotective against glutamate NMDA receptor-"mediated excitotoxicity both in vitro and in vivo and against stroke through interfering with PAR polymer-"induced cell death (parthanatos). Iduna's protective effects are independent and downstream of PARP-1 activity. Iduna is a PAR polymer-"binding protein, and mutation at the PAR polymer binding site abolishes the PAR binding activity of Iduna and attenuates its protective actions. Iduna is protective in vivo against NMDA-induced excitotoxicity and middle cerebral artery occlusion-"induced stroke in mice. To our knowledge, these results define Iduna as the first known endogenous inhibitor of parthanatos. Interfering with PAR polymer signaling could be a new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of neurologic disorders. © 2011 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Nature Medicine  Journal
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    Author List

  • Andrabi SA; Kang HC; Haince JF; Lee YI; Zhang J; Chi Z; West AB; Koehler RC; Poirier GG; Dawson TM
  • Start Page

  • 692
  • End Page

  • 699
  • Volume

  • 17
  • Issue

  • 6