Accelerated dystrophy and decay of oligodendrocyte precursor cells in the APP/PS1 model of Alzheimer’s-like pathology

Irene Chacon-De-La-Rocha, Gemma Fryatt, Andrea D. Rivera, Alexei Verkhratsky, Olivier Raineteau, Diego Gomez-Nicola, Arthur M. Butt

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Abstract

Myelin disruption is a feature of natural aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In the CNS, myelin is produced by oligodendrocytes, which are generated throughout life by oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs). Here, we examined age-related changes in OPCs in APP/PS1 mice, a model for AD-like pathology, compared with non-transgenic (Tg) age-matched controls. The analysis was performed in the CA1 area of the hippocampus following immunolabeling for NG2 with the nuclear dye Hoescht, to identify OPC and OPC sister cells, a measure of OPC replication. The results indicate a significant decrease in the number of OPCs at 9 months in APP/PS1 mice, compared to age-matched controls, without further decline at 14 months. Also, the number of OPC sister cells declined significantly at 14 months in APP/PS1 mice, which was not observed in age-matched controls. Notably, OPCs also displayed marked morphological changes at 14 months in APP/PS1 mice, characterized by an overall shrinkage of OPC process domains and increased process branching. The results indicate that OPC disruption is a pathological sign in the APP/PS1 mouse model of AD.
Original languageEnglish
Article number575082
Number of pages9
JournalFrontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • RCUK
  • BBSRC
  • MRC
  • BB/M029379/1
  • MR/P025811/1

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