Minocycline and doxycycline are not beneficial in a model of Huntington's disease

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Abstract

Huntington's Disease (HD) is an inherited neurological disorder causing movement impairment, personality changes, dementia, and premature death, for which there is currently no effective therapy. The modified tetracycline antibiotic, minocycline, has been reported to ameliorate the disease phenotype in the R6/2 mouse model of HD. Because the tetracyclines have also been reported to inhibit aggregation in other amyloid disorders, we have investigated their ability to inhibit huntingtin aggregation and further explored their efficacy in preclinical mouse trials. We show that tetracyclines are potent inhibitors of huntingtin aggregation in a hippocampal slice culture model of HD at an effective concentration of 30muM. However, despite achieving tissue levels approaching this concentration by oral treatment of R6/2 mice with minocycline, we observed no dear difference in their behavioral abnormalities, or in aggregate load postmortem. In the light of these new data, we would advise that caution be exercised in proceeding into human clinical trials of minocycline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186 - 196
Number of pages11
JournalAnnals of Neurology
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2003

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