Peroxisomal membrane protein 70 (PMP70) and Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1) were examined in the spinal cords of transgenic (Tg) mice expressing a human mutant SOD1 protein (G93A) and their age-matched controls at 8, 20 and 32 weeks by immunohistochemistry. At pre-symptomatic 20 weeks and symptomatic 32 weeks, PMP70 was reduced in the cytoplasm of motor neurons in Tg animals and increased in glial cells in anterior horn at late age. SOD1 showed a progressive increase of dot-like deposits in the neuropil of anterior horn of Tg mice, and a late decrease of signal intensity in the white matter and motor neurons at 32 weeks. It is conceivable that reduction of PMP70 might underlie decrease in peroxisomal functions and increase in oxidative stress that is well documented in this animal model.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology