We investigated whether oral administration of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) could attenuate 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) neurotoxicity in one-year-old mice. Four groups of one-year-old, male C57BL/6 mice received a either standard diet or a diet supplemented with CoQ10 (200 mg/kg/day) for five weeks. After four weeks, one group that had received the standard diet and one group that had received the CoQ10 supplemented diet were treated with MPTP. The four groups continued on their assigned diets for an additional week prior to sacrifice. Striatal dopamine concentrations were reduced in both groups treated with MPTP, but they were significantly higher (37%) in the group treated with CoQ10 and MPTP than in the group treated with MPTP alone. The density of tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactive (TH-IR) fibers in the caudal striatum was reduced in both MPTP-treated groups, but the density of TH-IR fibers was significantly (62%) greater in the group treated with CoQ10 and MPTP than in the group treated with MPTP alone. Our results indicate that CoQ10 can attenuate the MPTP-induced loss of striatal dopamine and dopaminergic axons in aged mice and suggest that CoQ10 may be useful in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
Beal MF, Matthews RT, Tieleman A, Shults CW Coenzyme Q10 attenuates the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) induced loss of striatal dopamine and dopaminergic axons in aged mice. Brain Res 1998 February Neurology Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.