Role of metallothionein-III following central nervous system damage

Javier Carrasco, Milena Penkowa, Mercedes Giralt, Jordi Camats, Amalia Molinero, Iain L. Campbell, Richard D. Palmiter, Juan Hidalgo*

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We evaluated the physiological relevance of metallothionein-III (MT-III) in the central nervous system following damage caused by a focal cryolesion onto the cortex by studying Mt3-null mice. In normal mice, dramatic astrogliosis and microgliosis and T-cell infiltration were observed in the area surrounding the lesioned tissue, along with signs of increased oxidative stress and apoptosis. There was also significant upregulation of cytokines/growth factors such as tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin (IL)-1 α/β, and IL-6 as measured by ribonuclease protection assay. Mt3-null mice did not differ from control mice in these responses, in sharp contrast to results obtained in Mt1- Mt2-null mice. In contrast, Mt3-null mice showed increased expression of several neurotrophins as well as of the neuronal sprouting factor GAP-43. Thus, unlike MT-I and MT-II, MT-III does not affect the inflammatory response elicited in the central nervous system by a cryoinjury, nor does it serve an important antioxidant role, but it may influence neuronal regeneration during the recovery process. © 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-36
JournalNeurobiology of Disease
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003


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