Dynamic DNA methylation regulates levodopa-induced Dyskinesia

Academic Article


  • Levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) is a persistent behavioral sensitization that develops after repeated levodopa (L-DOPA) exposure in Parkinson disease patients. LID is a consequence of sustained changes in the transcriptional behavior of striatal neurons following dopaminergic stimulation. In neurons, transcriptional regulation through dynamic DNA methylation has been shown pivotal to many long-term behavioral modifications; however, its role in LID has not yet been explored. Using a rodent model, we show LID development leads to the aberrant expression of DNA demethylating enzymes and locus-specific changes to DNA methylation at the promoter regions of genes aberrantly transcribed following L-DOPA treatment. Looking for dynamic DNA methylation in LID genome-wide, we used reduced representation bisulfite sequencing and found an extensive reorganization of the dorsal striatal methylome. LID development led to significant demethylation at many important regulatory areas of aberrantly transcribed genes.Weused pharmacologic treatments that alter DNA methylation bidirectionally and found them able to modulate dyskinetic behaviors. Together, these findings demonstrate that L-DOPA induces widespread changes to striatalDNAmethylation and that these modifications are required for the development and maintenance of LID.
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    Author List

  • Figge DA; Eskow Jaunarajs KL; Standaert DG
  • Start Page

  • 6514
  • End Page

  • 6524
  • Volume

  • 36
  • Issue

  • 24