Cerebellar Abiotrophy Across Domestic Species

Cerebellum. 2018 Jun;17(3):372-379. doi: 10.1007/s12311-017-0914-1.


Cerebellar abiotrophy (CA) is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting the cerebellum and occurs in multiple species. Although CA is well researched in humans and mice, domestic species such as the dog, cat, sheep, cow, and horse receive little recognition. This may be due to few studies addressing the mechanism of CA in these species. However, valuable information can still be extracted from these cases. A review of the clinicohistologic phenotype of CA in these species and determining the various etiologies of CA may aid in determining conserved and required pathways necessary for proper cerebellar development and function. This review outlines research approaches of studies of CA in domestic species, compared to the approaches used in mice, with the objective of comparing CA in domestic species while identifying areas for further research efforts.

Keywords: Cerebellar abiotrophy; Domestic species; Histology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic
  • Cerebellar Diseases / etiology
  • Cerebellar Diseases / pathology
  • Cerebellar Diseases / physiopathology
  • Cerebellar Diseases / veterinary*
  • Humans
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / etiology
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / pathology
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / physiopathology
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / veterinary*