Characterization of periodic acid-Schiff-positive granular deposits in the hippocampus of SJL/J mice

Cana, A., Herder, V. , Hansmann, F., Beineke, A., Baumgärtner, W. and Spitzbarth, I. (2015) Characterization of periodic acid-Schiff-positive granular deposits in the hippocampus of SJL/J mice. Toxicologic Pathology, 43(5), pp. 737-742. (doi: 10.1177/0192623314564254) (PMID:25694088)

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Periodic acid-Schiff (PAS)-positive granular deposits in the hippocampus have been reported previously in certain inbred mouse strains such as C57BL/6 and the senescent-accelerated mouse prone-8. Here, we report for the first time that similar PAS-positive granules age dependently occur in SJL/J mice, a mouse strain, for instance, used for central nervous system disease research. Moreover, similar granules stained intensely positive with a polyclonal antibody directed against p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR). Granular deposits were absent in young mice and developed with aging in CA1 and CA2 regions of the hippocampus. Interestingly, granules significantly diminished in SJL/J mice previously treated with cuprizone, a copper chelator, which is a useful model for toxic demyelination. The presented data support the idea that granules might be the result of an imbalance of redox-active metals and/or a dysregulation of complementary mechanisms that regulate their homeostasis in astrocyte–neuron coupling, respectively. It remains to be determined whether the unsuspected immunoreactivity for p75NTR represents a false-positive reaction or whether p75NTR is crucially involved in the pathogenesis of age-related hippocampal granular deposits in mice.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Herder, Dr Vanessa
Authors: Cana, A., Herder, V., Hansmann, F., Beineke, A., Baumgärtner, W., and Spitzbarth, I.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity > Centre for Virus Research
Journal Name:Toxicologic Pathology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1533-1601
Published Online:18 February 2015

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