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Luca G.,University of Perugia | Bellezza I.,University of Perugia | Arato I.,University of Perugia | Di Pardo A.,IRCCS Neuromed Pozzilli Italy | And 13 more authors.
CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics | Year: 2016

Introduction: Immune dysfunction, promoted by pro-inflammatory cytokines, plays a pivotal role in neurodegeneration associated with Huntington's disease. Aims: The aim of this study was to investigate the emerging immunoregulatory and antiinflammatory properties of Sertoli cells in Huntington's disease. Methods: The experimental R6/2 mouse model of Huntington's disease was treated by a single intraperitoneal injection of microencapsulated prepubertal porcine Sertoli cells and lifespan, motor performance and striatal inflammatory pattern have been evaluated. Results: The results of this study demonstrated that a single intraperitoneal injection of microencapsulated prepubertal porcine Sertoli cells uniquely improved performances and extended the life expectancy of R6/2 Huntington's disease mice, by immune dysfunction modulation in brain. Conclusions: This study highlights the immunomodulatory and trophic role of Sertoli cells that could be of help in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Source

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