Age-Related Changes of the Neurovascular Unit in the Cerebral Cortex of Alzheimer Disease Mouse Models: A Neuroanatomical and Molecular Study.

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Summary of "Age-Related Changes of the Neurovascular Unit in the Cerebral Cortex of Alzheimer Disease Mouse Models: A Neuroanatomical and Molecular Study."

We describe age-related histological structure and molecular changes of the neurovascular unit (NVU) in the cerebral cortex of Tg2576 and age-matched wild-type (WT) mice. Major results can be summarized as follows: (i) β-amyloid (6E10)-immunoreactivity progressively increases in neurons and astrocytes of Tg2576 mice, reaching the highest concentration at 5 months and then decreasing as soon as extracellular plaque deposition begins; (ii) the synaptic puncta density of glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons in Tg2576 mice is unbalanced versus WT at all investigated ages, with a decrease in synaptophysin and VGLUT1; density of VGAT contacts is higher in 27-month-old Tg2576 versus WT mice; (iii) capillary density is higher in 5-month-old Tg2576 versus WT mice, then decreases to a lower density at 27 months, when the capillary-astrocyte interface is lower; and (iv) mRNA expression of genes involved in microvessel dynamics indicates age- and genotype-dependent changes in the expression levels of hypoxia-related genes, i.e. the highest level is in 5-month-old animals and there is impaired regulation in Tg2576. We conclude that at 5 months, when learning and memory impairment is already present in the absence of extracellular amyloid plaque deposition, Tg2576 mice display alterations in the structure and molecular regulation of the NVU.


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Name: Journal of neuropathology and experimental neurology
ISSN: 1554-6578


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