To study the involvement of the xeroderma pigmentosum group A gene (XPA) in neuronal apoptosis, we cultured cerebellar neurons from mice lacking XPA gene (XPA(-/-)) and induced apoptosis by exposure to UV irradiation or medium containing a low concentration of potassium (low-K+ medium). When cerebellar neurons from postnatal days 15-16 wild-type mice were treated with UV irradiation, apoptotic neuronal death was observed after 24-48 h. About 60% of neurons survived 48 h after UV irradiation at a dose of 5 J/m2. On the other hand, neurons from XPA(-/-) mice showed a significantly increased vulnerability to UV irradiation, and >90% of neurons died 48 h after UV irradiation at a dose of 5 J/m2. In contrast, low-K+ medium induced apoptosis of neurons from mice of each genotype with the same kinetics. These results suggest that the XPA gene is involved in neuronal DNA repair and that it thereby influences apoptosis induced by DNA damage in cultured cerebellar neurons.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Neurochemistry|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 1997|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience