The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

Glial activation spreads from specific cerebral foci and precedes neurodegeneration in presymptomatic ovine neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (CLN6)

Oswald, Manfred J.; Palmer, David N.; Kay, Graham W.; Shemilt, Stephen J.A.; Rezaie, Payam and Cooper, Jonathan D. (2005). Glial activation spreads from specific cerebral foci and precedes neurodegeneration in presymptomatic ovine neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (CLN6). Neurobiology of Disease, 20(1) pp. 49–63.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nbd.2005.01.025
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

The neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs, Batten disease) are fatal inherited neurodegenerative diseases characterized by gross brain atrophy, blindness, and intracellular accumulation of lysosome-derived storage bodies. A CLN6 form in sheep is studied as a large animal model of the human diseases. This study describes neuropathological changes in brains from presymptomatic affected sheep. Activated astrocytes and focal clusters of activated microglia were present in outer layers of occipital and somatosensory cortical regions as early as 12 days of age, together with activated perivascular macrophages. Astrocytic activation and progressive transformation of microglia to brain macrophages preceded neurodegeneration and spread to different cortical areas, most prominently in regions associated with clinical symptoms. In contrast, storage body accumulation was much more evenly spread across regions. These data support suggestions that neurodegeneration and storage body accumulation may be independent manifestations of CLN6 mutation and indicate that glial cell activation may be an important mediator in pathogenesis.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0969-9961
Keywords: Astrocytosis; Batten disease; Brain macrophages; Fluorescent; Lysosomal storage disease; Microglia; NCL; Neuropathology; Storage body accumulation; Subunit c
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Life, Health and Chemical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Biomedical Research Network (BRN)
Item ID: 2339
Depositing User: Payam Rezaie
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2014 09:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/2339
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk