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Transgenic Models of Behaviour

Amrutha Swaminathan, Marilou Bouffard, Meijiang Liao, Sarah Ryan, Janis Bennion Callister, Stuart M Pickering-Brown, Gary Alan Barclay Armstrong, Pierre Drapeau
Large expansions of hexanucleotide GGGGCC (G4C2) repeats (hundreds to thousands) in the first intron of the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) locus are the strongest known genetic factor associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (ALS/FTLD). Different hypotheses exist about the underlying disease mechanism including loss-of-function by haploinsufficiency, toxicity arising as a result of RNA or dipeptide repeats (DPRs). Five different DPRs are produced by repeat-associated non-ATG-initiated (RAN) translation of the G4C2 repeats...
March 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Valerie T Y Tan, Bruce G Mockett, Shane M Ohline, Karen D Parfitt, Hollie E Wicky, Katie Peppercorn, Lucia Schoderboeck, Mohamad Fairuz Bin Yahaya, Warren P Tate, Stephanie M Hughes, Wickliffe C Abraham
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease driven in large part by accumulated deposits in the brain of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) cleavage product amyloid-β peptide (Aβ). However, AD is also characterised by reductions in secreted amyloid precursor protein-alpha (sAPPα), an alternative cleavage product of APP. In contrast to the neurotoxicity of accumulated Αβ, sAPPα has many neuroprotective and neurotrophic properties. Increasing sAPPα levels has the potential to serve as a therapeutic treatment that mitigates the effects of Aβ and rescue cognitive function...
February 9, 2018: Molecular Brain
Charles Evans, Martha Hvoslefeide, Rhian Thomas, Emma Kidd, Mark A Good
Three experiments examined the ability of mice to forage efficiently for liquid rewards in pots located in an open field arena. Search behaviour was unconstrained other than by the walls of the arena. All mice acquired the task within 4 days of training, with one trial per day. Experiment 1 tested the hypothesis that hippocampal lesions would disrupt foraging behaviour using extramaze cues. Mice with hippocampal lesions showed normal latency to initiate foraging and to complete the task relative to sham-operated mice...
February 6, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Francesca Biagioni, Michela Ferrucci, Larisa Ryskalin, Federica Fulceri, Gloria Lazzeri, Maria Teresa Calierno, Carla L Busceti, Riccardo Ruffoli, Francesco Fornai
In the present study we evaluated the long-term effects of lithium administration to a knock-out double transgenic mouse model (Smn-/-; SMN1A2G+/-; SMN2+/+) of Spinal Muscle Atrophy type III (SMA-III). This model is characterized by very low levels of the survival motor neuron protein, slow disease progression and motor neuron loss, which enables to detect disease-modifying effects at delayed time intervals. Lithium administration attenuates the decrease in motor activity and provides full protection from motor neuron loss occurring in SMA-III mice, throughout the disease course...
December 1, 2017: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
Koliane Ouk, Juliet Aungier, Marc Cuesta, A Jennifer Morton
Circadian abnormalities seen in Huntington's disease (HD) patients are recapitulated in several HD transgenic mouse models. In mice, alongside the master clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), two other oscillators may influence circadian behaviour. These are the food-entrainable oscillator (FEO) and the methamphetamine-sensitive circadian oscillator (MASCO). SCN- and MASCO- (but not FEO-) driven rhythms are progressively disrupted in the R6/2 mouse model of HD. MASCO-driven rhythms are induced by chronic treatment with low dose of methamphetamine and characterised by an increase in period length to greater than 24 h...
December 21, 2017: Neuropharmacology
José B Malaquias, Wesley A C Godoy, Adriano G Garcia, Francisco de S Ramalho, Celso Omoto
High dispersal of Lepidoptera larvae between non-Bt and Bt cotton plants can favour the evolution of insect resistance; however, information on host acceptance of neonates in tropical transgenic crops is scarce. Therefore, the purposes of this study were as follows: (i) to investigate the feeding behaviour of susceptible and Cry1F-resistant strains of Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) on Bt and non-Bt cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) varieties and (ii) to understand the possible effects of cotton field contamination on the dispersal and infestation capacity of S...
November 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Hitomi Tsuiji, Ikuyo Inoue, Mari Takeuchi, Asako Furuya, Yuko Yamakage, Seiji Watanabe, Masato Koike, Mitsuharu Hattori, Koji Yamanaka
TDP-43 is an RNA-binding protein important for many aspects of RNA metabolism. Abnormal accumulation of TDP-43 in the cytoplasm of affected neurons is a pathological hallmark of the neurodegenerative diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Several transgenic mouse models have been generated that recapitulate defects in TDP-43 accumulation, thus causing neurodegeneration and behavioural impairments. While aging is the key risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases, the specific effect of aging on phenotypes in TDP-43 transgenic mice has not been investigated...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jacki M Rorabaugh, Termpanit Chalermpalanupap, Christian A Botz-Zapp, Vanessa M Fu, Natalie A Lembeck, Robert M Cohen, David Weinshenker
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November 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
F Mardini, J X Tang, J C Li, M J Arroliga, R G Eckenhoff, M F Eckenhoff
Background: Previous work suggests that anaesthesia and surgery amplify the pathology and cognitive impairment of animals made vulnerable via age or specific transgenes. We hypothesized that surgery under propofol anaesthesia, a widely used i.v. general anaesthetic, has minimal delayed cognitive and neuroinflammatory sequelae in a vulnerable mouse transgenic model. Methods: We conducted caecal ligation and excision surgery in cognitively presymptomatic (11-month-old) 3xTgAD mice under i...
September 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Francesca R Fusco, Emanuela Paldino
Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal-dominant rare inherited neurodegenerative disease characterized by a wide variety of symptoms encompassing movement, cognition and behaviour. The cause of the disease is a genetic mutation in the huntingtin protein. The mutation leads to an unstable CAG expansion, translated into a polyglutamine domain within the disease protein. Indeed, huntingtin has a CAG/polyglutamine expansion in the range of 6-39 units in normal individuals, whereas it reaches 39-180 units in HD patients...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
Thomas Blackmore, Soraya Meftah, Tracey Karen Murray, Peter James Craig, Anthony Blockeel, Keith Phillips, Brian Eastwood, Michael J O'Neill, Hugh Marston, Zeshan Ahmed, Gary Gilmour, Francois Gastambide
BACKGROUND: The choice and appropriate use of animal models in drug discovery for Alzheimer's disease (AD) is pivotal to successful clinical translation of novel therapeutics, yet true alignment of research is challenging. Current models do not fully recapitulate the human disease, and even exhibit various degrees of regional pathological burden and diverse functional alterations. Given this, relevant pathological and functional endpoints must be determined on a model-by-model basis. The present work explores the rTg4510 mouse model of tauopathy as a case study to define best practices for the selection and validation of cognitive and functional endpoints for the purposes of pre-clinical AD drug discovery...
September 20, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
Alexander McGirr, Jeffrey LeDue, Allen W Chan, Yicheng Xie, Timothy H Murphy
See Huang and Liston (doi:10.1093/awx166) for a scientific commentary on this article.Human depression is associated with glutamatergic dysfunction and alterations in resting state network activity. However, the indirect nature of human in vivo glutamate and activity assessments obscures mechanistic details. Using the chronic social defeat mouse model of depression, we determine how mesoscale glutamatergic networks are altered after chronic stress, and in response to the rapid acting antidepressant, ketamine...
August 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Lauren S Whyte, Kim M Hemsley, Adeline A Lau, Sofia Hassiotis, Takashi Saito, Takaomi C Saido, John J Hopwood, Timothy J Sargeant
The recent development of knock-in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease provides distinct advantages over traditional transgenic mouse models that rely on over-expression of amyloid precursor protein. Two such knock-in models that have recently been widely adopted by Alzheimer's researchers are the App(NL-F) and App(NL-G-F) mice. This study aimed to further characterise the behavioural phenotype and amyloid plaque distribution of App(NL-G-F/NL-G-F) (C57BL/6J background) mice at six-months of age. An attempt to replicate a previous study that observed deficits in working memory in the Y-maze, showed no difference between App(NL-G-F/NL-G-F) and wild-type mice...
January 15, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
Kamar E Ameen-Ali, Stephen B Wharton, Julie E Simpson, Paul R Heath, Paul Sharp, Jason Berwick
Our understanding of the underlying biology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been steadily progressing; however, this is yet to translate into a successful treatment in humans. The use of transgenic mouse models has helped to develop our understanding of AD, not only in terms of disease pathology, but also with the associated cognitive impairments typical of AD. Plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are often amongst the last pathological changes in AD mouse models, after neuronal loss and gliosis. There is a general consensus that successful treatments need to be applied before the onset of these pathologies and associated cognitive symptoms...
September 7, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Gráinne I McNamara, Brittany A Davis, Molly Browne, Trevor Humby, Jeffrey W Dalley, Jing Xia, Rosalind M John, Anthony R Isles
The imprinted gene Cdkn1c is expressed exclusively from the maternally inherited allele as a consequences of epigenetic regulation. Cdkn1c exemplifies many of the functional characteristics of imprinted genes, playing a role in fetal growth and placental development. However, Cdkn1c also plays an important role in the brain, being key to the appropriate proliferation and differentiation of midbrain dopaminergic neurons. Using a transgenic model (Cdkn1c(BACx1) ) with a two-fold elevation in Cdkn1c expression that mimics loss-of-imprinting, we show that increased expression of Cdkn1c in the brain gives rise to neurobiological and behavioural changes indicative of a functionally altered dopaminergic system...
August 31, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
Maja Hullmann, Catrin Albrecht, Damiën van Berlo, Miriam E Gerlofs-Nijland, Tina Wahle, Agnes W Boots, Jean Krutmann, Flemming R Cassee, Thomas A Bayer, Roel P F Schins
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence from toxicological and epidemiological studies indicates that the central nervous system is an important target for ambient air pollutants. We have investigated whether long-term inhalation exposure to diesel engine exhaust (DEE), a dominant contributor to particulate air pollution in urban environments, can aggravate Alzheimer's Disease (AD)-like effects in female 5X Familial AD (5XFAD) mice and their wild-type female littermates. Following 3 and 13 weeks exposures to diluted DEE (0...
August 30, 2017: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Anders Eriksson, Marlena Raczkowska, Rapeechai Navawongse, Deepak Choudhury, James C Stewart, Yi Ling Tang, Zhiping Wang, Adam Claridge-Chang
Animals have evolved to maintain homeostasis in a changing external environment by adapting their internal metabolism and feeding behaviour. Metabolism and behaviour are coordinated by neuromodulation; a number of the implicated neuromodulatory systems are homologous between mammals and the vinegar fly, an important neurogenetic model. We investigated whether silencing fly neuromodulatory networks would elicit coordinated changes in feeding, behavioural activity and metabolism. We employed transgenic lines that allowed us to inhibit broad cellular sets of the dopaminergic, serotonergic, octopaminergic, tyraminergic and neuropeptide F systems...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Marika Doucet, Aadil El-Turabi, Franziska Zabel, Benjamin H M Hunn, Nora Bengoa-Vergniory, Milena Cioroch, Mauricio Ramm, Amy M Smith, Ariane Cruz Gomes, Gustavo Cabral de Miranda, Richard Wade-Martins, Martin F Bachmann
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive and currently incurable neurological disorder characterised by the loss of midbrain dopaminergic neurons and the accumulation of aggregated alpha-synuclein (a-syn). Oligomeric a-syn is proposed to play a central role in spreading protein aggregation in the brain with associated cellular toxicity contributing to a progressive neurological decline. For this reason, a-syn oligomers have attracted interest as therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative conditions such as PD and other alpha-synucleinopathies...
2017: PloS One
Stephen Meek, Tomoji Mashimo, Tom Burdon
Since its domestication over 100 years ago, the laboratory rat has been the preferred experimental animal in many areas of biomedical research (Lindsey and Baker The laboratory rat. Academic, New York, pp 1-52, 2006). Its physiology, size, genetics, reproductive cycle, cognitive and behavioural characteristics have made it a particularly useful animal model for studying many human disorders and diseases. Indeed, through selective breeding programmes numerous strains have been derived that are now the mainstay of research on hypertension, obesity and neurobiology (Okamoto and Aoki Jpn Circ J 27:282-293, 1963; Zucker and Zucker J Hered 52(6):275-278, 1961)...
August 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
Alexander Levit, Aaron M Regis, Jessica R Garabon, Seung-Hun Oh, Sagar J Desai, Nagalingam Rajakumar, Vladimir Hachinski, Yuksel Agca, Cansu Agca, Shawn N Whitehead, Brian L Allman
Alzheimer disease (AD) and stroke coexist and interact; yet how they interact is not sufficiently understood. Both AD and basal ganglia stroke can impair behavioural flexibility, which can be reliably modeled in rats using an established operant based set-shifting test. Transgenic Fischer 344-APP21 rats (TgF344) overexpress pathogenic human amyloid precursor protein (hAPP) but do not spontaneously develop overt pathology, hence TgF344 rats can be used to model the effect of vascular injury in the prodromal stages of Alzheimer disease...
July 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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