Divergent Dimethylarginine Dimethylaminohydrolase Isoenzyme Expression in the Central Nervous System

Alena A. Kozlova, Vinitha N. Ragavan, Natalia Jarzebska, Iana V. Lukianova, Anastasia E. Bikmurzina, Elena Rubets, Toshiko Suzuki-Yamamoto, Masumi Kimoto, Arduino A. Mangoni, Raul R. Gainetdinov, Norbert Weiss, Michael Bauer, Alexander G. Markov, Roman N. Rodionov, Nadine Bernhardt

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The endogenous methylated derivative of ʟ-arginine, Nω,Nω′-dimethyl-ʟ-arginine (asymmetric dimethylarginine, ADMA), an independent risk factor in many diseases, inhibits the activity of nitric oxide synthases and, consequently, modulates the availability of nitric oxide. While most studies on the biological role of ADMA have focused on endothelial and inducible nitric oxide synthases modulation and its contribution to cardiovascular, metabolic, and renal diseases, a role in regulating neuronal nitric oxide synthases and pathologies of the central nervous system is less understood. The two isoforms of dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH), DDAH1 and DDAH2, are thought to be the main enzymes responsible for ADMA catabolism. A current impediment is limited knowledge on specific tissue and cellular distribution of DDAH enzymes within the brain. In this study, we provide a detailed characterization of the regional and cellular distribution of DDAH1 and DDAH2 proteins in the adult murine and human brain. Immunohistochemical analysis showed a wide distribution of DDAH1, mapping to multiple cell types, while DDAH2 was detected in a limited number of brain regions and exclusively in neurons. Our results provide key information for the investigation of the pathophysiological roles of the ADMA/DDAH system in neuropsychiatric diseases and pave the way for the development of novel selective therapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2273-2288
Number of pages16
JournalCellular and Molecular Neurobiology
Issue number7
Early online date20 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Brain
  • DDAH1
  • DDAH2
  • Human
  • Mouse


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