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Cognitive and emotional alterations in App knock-in mouse models of Aβ amyloidosis

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Cognitive and emotional alterations in App knock-in mouse models of Aβ amyloidosis
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BMC Neuroscience, July 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12868-018-0446-8
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Yasufumi Sakakibara, Michiko Sekiya, Takashi Saito, Takaomi C. Saido, Koichi M. Iijima


Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia, is characterized by the progressive deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides and neurofibrillary tangles. Mouse models of Aβ amyloidosis generated by knock-in (KI) of a humanized Aβ sequence provide distinct advantages over traditional transgenic models that rely on overexpression of amyloid precursor protein (APP). In App-KI mice, three familial AD-associated mutations were introduced into the endogenous mouse App locus to recapitulate Aβ pathology observed in AD: the Swedish (NL) mutation, which elevates total Aβ production; the Beyreuther/Iberian (F) mutation, which increases the Aβ42/Aβ40 ratio; and the Arctic (G) mutation, which promotes Aβ aggregation. AppNL-G-F mice harbor all three mutations and develop progressive Aβ amyloidosis and neuroinflammatory response in broader brain areas, whereas AppNL mice carrying only the Swedish mutation exhibit no overt AD-related pathological changes. To identify behavioral alterations associated with Aβ pathology, we assessed emotional and cognitive domains of AppNL-G-F and AppNL mice at different time points, using the elevated plus maze, contextual fear conditioning, and Barnes maze tasks. Assessments of emotional domains revealed that, in comparison with wild-type (WT) C57BL/6J mice, AppNL-G-F/NL-G-F mice exhibited anxiolytic-like behavior that was detectable from 6 months of age. By contrast, AppNL/NL mice exhibited anxiogenic-like behavior from 15 months of age. In the contextual fear conditioning task, both AppNL/NL and AppNL-G-F/NL-G-F mice exhibited intact learning and memory up to 15-18 months of age, whereas AppNL-G-F/NL-G-F mice exhibited hyper-reactivity to painful stimuli. In the Barnes maze task, AppNL-G-F/NL-G-F mice exhibited a subtle decline in spatial learning ability at 8 months of age, but retained normal memory functions. AppNL/NL and AppNL-G-F/NL-G-F mice exhibit behavioral changes associated with non-cognitive, emotional domains before the onset of definitive cognitive deficits. Our observations consistently indicate that AppNL-G-F/NL-G-F mice represent a model for preclinical AD. These mice are useful for the study of AD prevention rather than treatment after neurodegeneration.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 24%
Researcher 14 19%
Student > Master 7 9%
Student > Bachelor 6 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 8%
Other 10 13%
Unknown 14 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Neuroscience 23 31%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 13%
Psychology 6 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 4 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 5%
Other 11 15%
Unknown 17 23%

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