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Accession IconGSE7493

Mutant SOD1 rats (lobsi-affy-rat-194438)

Organism Icon Rattus norvegicus
Sample Icon 9 Downloadable Samples
Technology Badge Icon Affymetrix Rat Genome 230 2.0 Array (rat2302)

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Missense mutations in the gene for the ubiquitously expressed superoxide dismutase-1 (SOD1) are one of the causes of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common adult onset motor neuron disease in humans killing selectively large motor neurons. Mice and rats overexpressing mutant SOD1 develop an adult onset neurodegenerative disease with hindlimb-paralysis and subsequent death similar to the human condition. In order to analyze the effects of mutant SOD1 expression onto the most affected cell-type in ALS, a small subpopulation of spinal cord cells, we propose to use laser microdissection to isolate mouse lumbar motor neurons and to assess the changes onto the mRNA expression profile using Affymetrix GeneChips compared to control animals. While two studies applying a genomic approach on the ALS mouse models used the entire spinal cord, contributions of changes to motor neurons were masked by the inflammatory effects of mutant SOD1 and the much larger population of non-motor neuronal cells. What is therefore needed is a cell-type specific expression profile that could reveal dysregulations in the transcriptome of the affected motor neurons.
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