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Changes in TDP-43 expression in development, aging, and in the neurofilament light protein knockout mouse


Liu, Y and Atkinson, RAK and Fernandez-Martos, CM and Kirkcaldie, MTK and Cui, H and Vickers, JC and King, AE, Changes in TDP-43 expression in development, aging, and in the neurofilament light protein knockout mouse, Neurobiology of Aging: Experimental and Clinical Research, 36, (2) pp. 1151-1159. ISSN 0197-4580 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.10.001


The transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) has been identified as a neurofilament light (NF-L) mRNA binding protein. Abnormally increased levels of TDP-43 are detected in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as well as a downregulation of NF-L mRNA. However, links between NF-L and TDP-43 expression are unclear. In this study, we investigated whether the deficiency of NF-L protein can result in alterations in TDP-43 localisation or protein expression and whether this is altered with ageing. There was a significant increase in TDP-43 protein levels in the cortex and lumbar spinal cord in 12-month old NF-L knockout (KO) mice, compared to wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice. However, there was no difference in the phosphorylation of TDP-43 between WT and NF-L KO mice, nor abnormal mislocalisation of TDP-43 to the cytoplasm in NF-L KO animals. Our findings suggest that NF-L protein or mRNA may negatively affect the expression of TDP-43 in the central nervous system. However, altered phosphorylation of TDP-43 may be more highly associated with ageing than levels of TDP-43 expression.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:transactive response DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43), neurofilament-light (NF-L), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), phosphorylated TDP-43
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurology and neuromuscular diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Liu, Y (Dr Yao Liu)
UTAS Author:Atkinson, RAK (Dr Rachel Atkinson)
UTAS Author:Fernandez-Martos, CM (Dr Carmen Fernandez-Martos)
UTAS Author:Kirkcaldie, MTK (Dr Matthew Kirkcaldie)
UTAS Author:Vickers, JC (Professor James Vickers)
UTAS Author:King, AE (Professor Anna King)
ID Code:96098
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2014-10-20
Last Modified:2018-04-26

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