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Augmented Senile Plaque Load in Aged Female β-Amyloid Precursor Protein-Transgenic Mice

Authors
Journal
American Journal Of Pathology
0002-9440
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
158
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0002-9440(10)64064-3
Keywords
  • Augmented Plaque Load In Female Tg2576 Mice
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Transgenic mice (Tg2576) overexpressing human β-amyloid precursor protein with the Swedish mutation (APP695SWE) develop Alzheimer’s disease-like amyloid β protein (Aβ) deposits by 8 to 10 months of age. These mice show elevated levels of Aβ40 and Aβ42, as well as an age-related increase in diffuse and compact senile plaques in the brain. Senile plaque load was quantitated in the hippocampus and neocortex of 8- to 19-month-old male and female Tg2576 mice. In all mice, plaque burden increased markedly after the age of 12 months. At 15 and 19 months of age, senile plaque load was significantly greater in females than in males; in 91 mice studied at 15 months of age, the area occupied by plaques in female Tg2576 mice was nearly three times that of males. By enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, female mice also had more Aβ40 and Aβ42 in the brain than did males, although this difference was less pronounced than the difference in histological plaque load. These data show that senescent female Tg2576 mice deposit more amyloid in the brain than do male mice, and may provide an animal model in which the influence of sex differences on cerebral amyloid pathology can be evaluated.

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