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Pilot study: molecular risk factors for diagnosing sporadic Parkinson's disease based on gene expression in blood in MPTP-induced rhesus monkeys

Liangqin Shi, Chao Huang, Qihui Luo, Yu Xia, Heng Liu, Like Li, Wentao Liu, Wenjing Ma, Jing Fang, Li Tang, Wen Zeng and Zhengli Chen _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:105606-105614. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.22348

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Liangqin Shi1,*, Chao Huang1,*, Qihui Luo1,2,*, Yu Xia1, Heng Liu1, Like Li1, Wentao Liu1, Wenjing Ma1, Jing Fang1, Li Tang1, Wen Zeng3 and Zhengli Chen1,2

1Laboratory of Animal Disease Model, College of Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan 611130, China

2Key Laboratory of Animal Disease and Human Health of Sichuan Province, College of Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University, Ya’an, Sichuan 625014, China

3Sichuan Primed Biological Technology Co., Ltd, National Experimental Macaque Reproduce Laboratory, Ya’an, Sichuan 625014, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Zhengli Chen, email: [email protected]

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; risk factor; monkey; blood

Received: July 12, 2017    Accepted: August 17, 2017    Published: November 10, 2017


Clinical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by the classical features of tremor, bradykinesia and rigidity, which are present only when more than 70%-80% degeneration of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra. The lack of means for early diagnosis of PD has elicited interest in searching for its risk factors, which, by now, are almost obtained at a single time point in PD process, and little developing risk factors, obtained from completely normal situation to the onset or even advanced stage of PD in individual person which could monitor the progress of PD, are present. Here we have detected some potential factors in the blood of MPTP induced PD monkeys along with the progress of the disease. All the PD monkeys showed mild PD symptoms since the 9th week and gradually reached a classic and stable parkinsonism stage at the 18th week. Our results have found that the expression of Parkin, USP30, MUL1, PINK1, and LRRK2 significantly increased at 1st, 3th, 3th, 5th, and 8th week respectively and remained high till the end; The expression of UCHL1 and TRIM24 significantly increased at the 1st and 18th week, respectively, then gradually decreased and significantly lower than normal value; DJ-1 showed significantly decreased since the 12th week, while SNCA showed no significantly changed excepted at the 5th week. And, the terminal results of whole blood were highly consistent with those of in SN. These results support that these genes change may as biomarkers to monitor the progress of PD, and may facilitate the development of biomarkers for early diagnosis.

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