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Olfactory performance and neuropathology in the Tg6799 strain of Alzheimer’s disease model mice
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present study evaluated olfactory and cognitive abilities of the Tg6799 (also called 5xFAD) strain of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) model mice of two different age groups (2-3 and 8-10 months of age), and one group of healthy control mice (9-10 months). Employment of an operant conditioning paradigm using an automated olfactometer, an olfactory habituation/dishabituation test and a spatial learning test with non olfactory cues resulted in data showing that the 5xFAD mice develop olfactory impairments already at 2-3 months of age. The impairments consisted in a robust impairment in olfactory sensitivity, decreased responsiveness to novel odors and an inability to discriminate between enantiomeric odor molecules in the 5xFAD mice compared to control mice. Spatial learning deficits were also detected at this age, suggesting that cognitive functions were also affected. No differences in magnitude of the olfactory or spatial learning impairments could be detected between the age groups of model mice tested. Histological examination of development and presence of amyloid β (Aβ) plaques in the brains showed that plaques develop mainly between the ages of 3 and 8 months. This indicates that soluble Aβ rather than the formation of plaques might be responsible for the olfactory impairment and spatial learning impairments found. By 10 months of age plaque load of the 5xFAD mice was massive. The results of the present study clearly show that the 5xFAD strain might be suitable for research on human AD with regard to the early onset of olfactory impairments.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
5xFAD, Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid precursor protein, amyloid β, cognitive impairment, olfactory deficit.
National Category
Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56816ISRN: LiTH-IFM- Ex--2314--SEOAI: diva2:322326
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2010-10-12 Created: 2010-06-04 Last updated: 2010-10-12Bibliographically approved

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