Iduna protects the brain from glutamate excitotoxicity and stroke by interfering with poly(ADP-ribose) polymer-induced cell death

Shaida A. Andrabi, Ho Chul Kang, Jean François Haince, Yun Il Lee, Jian Zhang, Zhikai Chi, Andrew B. West, Raymond C Koehler, Guy G. Poirier, Ted M Dawson, Valina Dawson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Glutamate acting on N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors induces neuronal injury following stroke, through activation of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) and generation of the death molecule poly(ADP-ribose) (PAR) polymer. Here we identify Iduna, a previously undescribed NMDA receptor-"induced survival protein that is neuroprotective against glutamate NMDA receptor-"mediated excitotoxicity both in vitro and in vivo and against stroke through interfering with PAR polymer-"induced cell death (parthanatos). Iduna's protective effects are independent and downstream of PARP-1 activity. Iduna is a PAR polymer-"binding protein, and mutation at the PAR polymer binding site abolishes the PAR binding activity of Iduna and attenuates its protective actions. Iduna is protective in vivo against NMDA-induced excitotoxicity and middle cerebral artery occlusion-"induced stroke in mice. To our knowledge, these results define Iduna as the first known endogenous inhibitor of parthanatos. Interfering with PAR polymer signaling could be a new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of neurologic disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)692-699
Number of pages8
JournalNature Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

Cite this