Journal of Neuroinflammation
Geisel School of Medicine
The role of neuroinflammation in motor neuron death of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is unclear. The human mutant superoxide dismutase-1 (hmSOD1)-expressing murine transgenic model of ALS has provided some insight into changes in microglia activity during disease progression. The purpose of this study was to gain further knowledge by characterizing the immunological changes during disease progression in the spinal cord and peripheral nerve using the more recently developed hmSOD1 rat transgenic model of ALS. Using immunohistochemistry, the extent and intensity of tissue CD11b expression in spinal cord, lumbar nerve roots, and sciatic nerve were evaluated in hmSOD1 rats that were pre-clinical, at clinical onset, and near disease end-stage. Changes in CD11b expression were compared to the detection of MHC class II and CD68 microglial activation markers in the ventral horn of the spinal cord, as well as to the changes in astrocytic GFAP expression
Graber DJ, Hickey WF, Harris BT. Progressive changes in microglia and macrophages in spinal cord and peripheral nerve in the transgenic rat model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J Neuroinflammation. 2010 Jan 28;7:8. doi: 10.1186/1742-2094-7-8. PMID: 20109233; PMCID: PMC2825214.
Dartmouth Digital Commons Citation
Graber, David J.; Hickey, William F.; and Harris, Brent T., "Progressive Changes in Microglia and Macrophages in Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve in the Transgenic Rat Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis" (2010). Dartmouth Scholarship. 1197.