Global axonal transport rates are unaltered in htau mice in vivo

J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;37(3):579-86. doi: 10.3233/JAD-130671.

Abstract

Microtubule-based axonal transport is believed to become globally disrupted in Alzheimer's disease in part due to alterations of tau expression or phosphorylation. We previously showed that axonal transport rates along retinal ganglion axons are unaffected by deletion of normal mouse tau or by overexpression of wild-type human tau. Here, we report that htau mice expressing 3-fold higher levels of human tau in the absence of mouse tau also display normal fast and slow transport kinetics despite the presence of abnormally hyperphosphorylated tau in some neurons. In addition, markers of slow transport (neurofilament light subunit) and fast transport (snap25) exhibit normal distributions along optic axons of these mice. These studies demonstrate that human tau overexpression, even when associated with a limited degree of tau pathology, does not necessarily impair general axonal transport function in vivo.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Axonal Transport / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Retinal Ganglion Cells / metabolism*
  • Retinal Ganglion Cells / pathology
  • Time Factors
  • tau Proteins / metabolism*

Substances

  • MAPT protein, human
  • tau Proteins