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Selective protection of the cerebellum against intracerebroventricular LPS is mediated by local melatonin synthesis

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Pinato, Luciana [1, 2] ; Cruz-Machado, Sanseray da Silveira [1] ; Franco, Daiane G. [1] ; Campos, Leila M. G. [3] ; Cecon, Erika [1] ; Fernandes, Pedro A. C. M. [1] ; Bittencourt, Jackson C. [3] ; Markus, Regina P. [1]
Total Authors: 8
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biosci, Dept Physiol, Lab Chronopharmacol, BR-05508090 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Dept Speech Language & Hearing Therapy, BR-17525900 Marilia, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biomed Sci, Dept Anat, BR-05508900 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Brain Structure & Function; v. 220, n. 2, p. 827-840, MAR 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 28

Although melatonin is mainly produced by the pineal gland, an increasing number of extra-pineal sites of melatonin synthesis have been described. We previously demonstrated the existence of bidirectional communication between the pineal gland and the immune system that drives a switch in melatonin production from the pineal gland to peripheral organs during the mounting of an innate immune response. In the present study, we show that acute neuroinflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injected directly into the lateral ventricles of adult rats reduces the nocturnal peak of melatonin in the plasma and induces its synthesis in the cerebellum, though not in the cortex or hippocampus. This increase in cerebellar melatonin content requires the activation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappa B), which positively regulates the expression of the key enzyme for melatonin synthesis, arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AA-NAT). Interestingly, LPS treatment led to neuronal death in the hippocampus and cortex, but not in the cerebellum. This privileged protection of cerebellar cells was abrogated when G-protein-coupled melatonin receptors were blocked by the melatonin antagonist luzindole, suggesting that the local production of melatonin protects cerebellar neurons from LPS toxicity. This is the first demonstration of a switch between pineal and extra-pineal melatonin production in the central nervous system following a neuroinflammatory response. These results have direct implications concerning the differential susceptibility of specific brain areas to neuronal death. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 07/07871-6 - Imune-pineal Axis: injury shifts melatonin production from endocrine to paracrine
Grantee:Regina Pekelmann Markus
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 11/51495-4 - Induction of melatonin synthesis by glia and neurons in injured central nervous system
Grantee:Luciana Pinato
Support type: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 04/13849-5 - Peptidergic pathways involved in the organization of feeding behavior
Grantee:Jackson Cioni Bittencourt
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants