Motor phenotype is not associated with vascular dysfunction in symptomatic Huntington's disease transgenic R6/2 (160 CAG) mice

Alba Di Pardo, A. Carrizzo, A. Damato, S. Castaldo, E. Amico, L. Capocci, M. Ambrosio, F. Pompeo, C. De Sanctis, C. C. Spinelli, A. A. Puca, P. Remondelli, Vittorio Maglione, Carmine Vecchione

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Abstract

Whereas Huntington's disease (HD) is unequivocally a neurological disorder, a critical mass of emerging studies highlights the occurrence of peripheral pathology like cardiovascular defects in both animal models and humans. The overt impairment in cardiac function is normally expected to be associated with peripheral vascular dysfunction, however whether this assumption is reasonable or not in HD is still unknown. In this study we functionally characterized the vascular system in R6/2 mouse model (line 160 CAG), which recapitulates several features of human pathology including cardiac disease. Vascular reactivity in different arterial districts was determined by wire myography in symptomatic R6/2 mice and age-matched wild type (WT) littermates. Disease stage was assessed by using well-validated behavioural tests like rotarod and horizontal ladder task. Surprisingly, no signs of vascular dysfunction were detectable in symptomatic mice and no link with motor phenotype was found.

Original languageEnglish
Article number42797
JournalScientific Reports
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 17 2017

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