Journal article

Presymptomatic motor neuron loss and reactive astrocytosis in the sod1 mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

SJ Feeney, PA McKelvie, L Austin, MJB Jean-Francois, R Kapsa, SM Tombs, E Byrne

MUSCLE & NERVE | JOHN WILEY & SONS INC | Published : 2001


In familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (fALS), there is a need to establish more precisely the progression of the disease, particularly whether there is gradual presymptomatic neuronal loss or an abrupt loss coinciding with the symptomatic stage. To elucidate this, we investigated the progression of motor neuron loss through morphological techniques, reactive astrocytosis, and expression of ubiquitin and neurofilament proteins, by immunohistochemistry, in SOD1 G93A mice with a protracted disease course and control mice. Loss of motor neurons in SOD1 G93A mice followed a biphasic progression, with an initial loss at 126 days of age, followed by a gradual loss from onset of symptoms through..

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