Deborah Helen Oughton
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Ostinato - Acceleration of Parkinson pathogenesis by chronic low-dose rate gamma exposure
This project is part of an application to the DoReMi internal call to consortium partners for integrated activities. The project addresses the collaborative projects accross WPs and the access to infrastructure part of the call. The project is a collabrat ion between three DoReMi consortium partners: UMB/CERAD (University of Life Sciences, Centre of Excellence in Environmental Radioactivity), Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) and Helmholz Zentrum München (HMGU, Germany). The proposal had been acc epted by the DoReMi consortium. The project application summary refers to UMBs contribution to the Ostanito project.
As is known from radiotherapy patients, high-dose ionizing radiation in particular to children has the potential to increase the risk o f premature dementia or other neurodegenerative diseases (ND). The central hypothesis of the poroject is that low radiation doses to the brain, in particular early in life, may cause an accelerated development of ND conditions such as dementia or Parkinso n Disease (PD). A known risk-factor for ND is oxidative stress to the neuronal tissues, and this is known to be the preferential mode of damage at chronic low-dose rate ionising radiation.
Groups of mice of wt, Pitx3EYL/EYL and Ogg1-/- genotypes and the combination of the latter two (compound homozygote Pitx3EYL/EYLOgg1-/-) will be subjected to the chronic gamma exposure either pre- and postnatally or postnatally only. The entire radiation exposure time will be 2 months with accumulated doses of 0 Gy (c ontrol), 0.1 Gy (LD) or 2 Gy (HD). UMB will have responsibility for the mice irradiation. the other partners (HMGU and NIPH), will be responsible for behavour and biological analysis.
To make maximum usage of the FIGARO facility, we will also store oth er tissues relevant for non-cancer diseases (heart, muscle, liver, blood, eyes) in a central repository to be used by other DoReMi partners.