Journal article

SAGE Analysis of Genes Differentially Expressed in Presymptomatic TgSOD1(G93A) Transgenic Mice Identified Cellular Processes Involved in Early Stage of ALS Pathology

Michel Guipponi, Qiao-Xin Li, Lavinia Hyde, Tim Beissbarth, Gordon K Smyth, Colin L Masters, Hamish S Scott

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE | HUMANA PRESS INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative condition in which motor neurons of the spinal cord and motor cortex degenerate, resulting in progressive paralysis. Transgenic mice expressing human mutant Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) present a pathology that is very similar to that seen in human ALS patients. Using serial analysis of gene expression, we investigated the effects of mutant human SOD1 protein on global gene expression in the spinal cord and lower brain stem of presymptomatic TgSOD1(G93A) transgenic mice. One hundred twenty transcripts were found to be significantly dysregulated in the presence of mutant SOD1 protein, 79 being down-regulated and 41 up-reg..

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