Characterization of neuropathology in the HIV-1 transgenic rat at different ages

William C. Reid, Wael G. Ibrahim, Saejeong J. Kim, Frank Denaro, Rafael Casas, Dianne E. Lee, Dragan Maric, Dima A. Hammoud

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Abstract

The transgenic HIV-1 rat (Tg) is a commonly used neuroHIV model with documented neurologic/behavioral deficits. Using immunofluorescent staining of the Tg brain, we found astrocytic dysfunction/damage, as well as dopaminergic neuronal loss/dysfunction, both of which worsening significantly in the striatum with age. We saw mild microglial activation in young Tg brains, but this decreased with age. There were no differences in neurogenesis potential suggesting a neurodegenerative rather than a neurodevelopmental process. Gp120 CSF levels exceeded serum gp120 levels in some animals, suggesting local viral protein production in the brain. Further probing of the pathophysiology underlying astrocytic injury in this model is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-125
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Neuroimmunology
Volume292
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Transgenic Rats
HIV-1
Brain
Neurogenesis
Viral Proteins
Neurologic Manifestations
Staining and Labeling
Wounds and Injuries
Serum
Neuropathology

Keywords

  • Astrocytic loss
  • HIV-1 transgenic rat
  • Neuro-HIV
  • Neuropathology
  • Neurotoxicity
  • Viral proteins

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Neurology

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Reid, W. C., Ibrahim, W. G., Kim, S. J., Denaro, F., Casas, R., Lee, D. E., ... Hammoud, D. A. (2016). Characterization of neuropathology in the HIV-1 transgenic rat at different ages. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 292, 116-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroim.2016.01.022

Characterization of neuropathology in the HIV-1 transgenic rat at different ages. / Reid, William C.; Ibrahim, Wael G.; Kim, Saejeong J.; Denaro, Frank; Casas, Rafael; Lee, Dianne E.; Maric, Dragan; Hammoud, Dima A.

In: Journal of Neuroimmunology, Vol. 292, 15.03.2016, p. 116-125.

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Reid, WC, Ibrahim, WG, Kim, SJ, Denaro, F, Casas, R, Lee, DE, Maric, D & Hammoud, DA 2016, 'Characterization of neuropathology in the HIV-1 transgenic rat at different ages', Journal of Neuroimmunology, vol. 292, pp. 116-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneuroim.2016.01.022
Reid, William C. ; Ibrahim, Wael G. ; Kim, Saejeong J. ; Denaro, Frank ; Casas, Rafael ; Lee, Dianne E. ; Maric, Dragan ; Hammoud, Dima A. / Characterization of neuropathology in the HIV-1 transgenic rat at different ages. In: Journal of Neuroimmunology. 2016 ; Vol. 292. pp. 116-125.
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