Parnell, M; Guo, L; Abdi, M; Cordeiro, MF; (2012) Ocular manifestations of Alzheimer's disease in animal models. Int J Alzheimers Dis , 2012 786494 - ?. 10.1155/2012/786494.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, and the pathological changes of senile plaques (SPs) and neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) in AD brains are well described. Clinically, a diagnosis remains a postmortem one, hampering both accurate and early diagnosis as well as research into potential new treatments. Visual deficits have long been noted in AD patients, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that histopathological changes already noted in the brain also occur in an extension of the brain; the retina. Due to the optically transparent nature of the eye, it is possible to image the retina at a cellular level noninvasively and thus potentially allow an earlier diagnosis as well as a way of monitoring progression and treatment effects. Transgenic animal models expressing amyloid precursor protein (APP) presenilin (PS) and tau mutations have been used successfully to recapitulate the pathological findings of AD in the brain. This paper will cover the ocular abnormalities that have been detected in these transgenic AD animal models.
|Title:||Ocular manifestations of Alzheimer's disease in animal models.|
|Open access status:||An open access publication|
|Additional information:||PMCID: PMC3362039|
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