Journal article

Clioquinol rescues Parkinsonism and dementia phenotypes of the tau knockout mouse

Peng Lei, Scott Ayton, Ambili Thoppuvalappil Appukuttan, Irene Volitakis, Paul A Adlard, David I Finkelstein, Ashley I Bush

NEUROBIOLOGY OF DISEASE | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

Iron accumulation and tau protein deposition are pathological features of Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's diseases (PD). Soluble tau protein is lower in affected regions of these diseases, and we previously reported that tau knockout mice display motor and cognitive behavioral abnormities, brain atrophy, neuronal death in substantia nigra, and iron accumulation in the brain that all emerged between 6 and 12 months of age. This argues for a loss of tau function in AD and PD. We also showed that treatment with the moderate iron chelator, clioquinol (CQ) restored iron levels and prevented neuronal atrophy and attendant behavioral decline in 12-month old tau KO mice when commenced prior to the ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by funds from the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia, the Cooperative Research Center for Mental Health, Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation, and Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme. Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the strong support from the Victorian Government and in particular the funding from the Operational Infrastructure Support Grant.