Levodopa-Induced Toxicity in Parkinson's Disease (Muddapu et al, 2022)

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"... We present a systems-level computational model of SNc-striatum, which will help us understand the mechanism behind neurodegeneration postulated above and provide insights into developing disease-modifying therapeutics. It was observed that SNc terminals are more vulnerable to energy deficiency than SNc somas. During L-DOPA therapy, it was observed that higher L-DOPA dosage results in increased loss of terminals in SNc. It was also observed that co-administration of L-DOPA and glutathione (antioxidant) evades L-DOPA-induced toxicity in SNc neurons. Our proposed model of the SNc-striatum system is the first of its kind, where SNc neurons were modeled at a biophysical level, and striatal neurons were modeled at a spiking level. We show that our proposed model was able to capture L-DOPA-induced toxicity in SNc, caused by energy deficiency."
1 . Muddapu VR, Vijayakumar K, Ramakrishnan K, Chakravarthy VS (2022) A Multi-Scale Computational Model of Levodopa-Induced Toxicity in Parkinson's Disease Front. Neurosci.
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Model Type: Realistic Network;
Brain Region(s)/Organism: Basal ganglia; Globus pallidus externa (GPe); Striatum; Subthalamic Nucleus;
Cell Type(s): Substantia nigra pars compacta DA cell; Neostriatum medium spiny direct pathway GABA cell; Globus pallidus principal GABA cell; Abstract Izhikevich neuron; Hodgkin-Huxley neuron; Subthalamus nucleus projection neuron;
Channel(s): Na/K pump; Na/Ca exchanger; Kir; IK Skca; Ca pump; I A; I Ca,p; I h; I K,Ca; I K; I N;
Gap Junctions:
Receptor(s): NMDA; GabaA; AMPA;
Transmitter(s): Dopamine; Gaba; Glutamate;
Simulation Environment: MATLAB; MATLAB (web link to model);
Model Concept(s): Parkinson's;
Implementer(s): Muddapu, Vignayanandam R. [vignan.0009 at gmail.com]; Chakravarthy, Srinivasa V. [schakra at iitm.ac.in];
Search NeuronDB for information about:  Neostriatum medium spiny direct pathway GABA cell; Substantia nigra pars compacta DA cell; Globus pallidus principal GABA cell; GabaA; AMPA; NMDA; I N; I A; I K; I h; I K,Ca; Na/Ca exchanger; Na/K pump; I Ca,p; Ca pump; Kir; IK Skca; Dopamine; Gaba; Glutamate;
function w = calclatwts(nlat, sig, rad)
% Created by
% Vignayanandam R. Muddapu (Ph.D. scholar)
% C/o Prof. V. Srinivasa Chakravarthy
% Indian Institute of Technology Madras
% India

%nlat is the size of the window. It must be an odd number.
%sig: max strength of the connections
%rad: radius of neighborhood

w = zeros(nlat, nlat);
ic = (nlat+1)./2;
jc = (nlat+1)./2;

for i = 1:nlat,
   for j = 1:nlat,
        dis = (i-ic).*(i-ic) + (j-jc).*(j-jc);
        w(i, j) = sig.*exp(-dis./(rad.*rad)) ; 
        if(i==j) %&& (i==ic) && (i==jc)

% w(round(nlat/2),round(nlat/2))=0;

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