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Calretinin and Neuropeptide Y interneurons are differentially altered in the motor cortex of the SOD1G93A mouse model of ALS


Clark, RM and Blizzard, CA and Young, KM and King, AE and Dickson, TC, Calretinin and Neuropeptide Y interneurons are differentially altered in the motor cortex of the SOD1G93A mouse model of ALS, Scientific Reports, 7 Article 44461. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/srep44461


Increasing evidence indicates an excitatory/inhibitory imbalance may have a critical role in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Impaired inhibitory circuitry is consistently reported in the motor cortex of both familial and sporadic patients, closely associated with cortical hyperexcitability and ALS onset. Inhibitory network dysfunction is presumably mediated by intra-cortical inhibitory interneurons, however, the exact cell types responsible are yet to be identified. In this study we demonstrate dynamic changes in the number of calretinin-(CR) and neuropeptide Y-expressing (NPY) interneurons in the motor cortex of the familial hSOD1G93A ALS mouse model, suggesting their potential involvement in motor neuron circuitry defects. We show that the density of NPY-populations is significantly decreased by ~17% at symptom onset (8 weeks), and by end-stage disease (20 weeks) is significantly increased by ~30%. Conversely, the density of CR-populations is progressively reduced during later symptomatic stages (~31%) to end-stage (~36%), while CR-expressing interneurons also show alteration of neurite branching patterns at symptom onset. We conclude that a differential capacity for interneurons exists in the ALS motor cortex, which may not be a static phenomenon, but involves early dynamic changes throughout disease, implicating specific inhibitory circuitry.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Cellular nervous system
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Clark, RM (Dr Rosie Clark)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, CA (Dr Catherine Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Young, KM (Professor Kaylene Young)
UTAS Author:King, AE (Professor Anna King)
UTAS Author:Dickson, TC (Professor Tracey Dickson)
ID Code:115421
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (1045240)
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2017-03-23
Last Modified:2022-08-23
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