Inflammation in Parkinson's Disease: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Implications

Cells. 2020 Jul 14;9(7):1687. doi: 10.3390/cells9071687.


Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder primarily characterized by the death of dopaminergic neurons that project from the substantia nigra pars compacta. Although the molecular bases for PD development are still little defined, extensive evidence from human samples and animal models support the involvement of inflammation in onset or progression. However, the exact trigger for this response remains unclear. Here, we provide a systematic review of the cellular mediators, i.e., microglia, astroglia and endothelial cells. We also discuss the genetic and transcriptional control of inflammation in PD and the immunomodulatory role of dopamine and reactive oxygen species. Finally, we summarize the preclinical and clinical approaches targeting neuroinflammation in PD.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; immune system; neurodegeneration; neuroinflammation; therapy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood-Brain Barrier / pathology
  • Humans
  • Immunomodulation
  • Inflammation / complications
  • Inflammation / genetics
  • Inflammation / pathology*
  • Inflammation / therapy*
  • Microglia / pathology
  • Parkinson Disease / complications
  • Parkinson Disease / genetics
  • Parkinson Disease / pathology*
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Transcription, Genetic