Efficacy of a murine-p75-saporin immunotoxin for selective lesions of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons in mice

Nupur Nag, Mark Baxter, Joanne Berger-Sweeney

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Selective lesioning of cholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain provides a tool for examining the functional significance of cholinergic loss, which is associated with a number of developmental and neurodegenerative disorders. A new version of an immunotoxin (murine-p75NTR-saporin) was used to produce a selective loss of cholinergic neurons in the adult basal forebrain of the mouse. This new version of the toxin is significantly more potent and selective than a previously developed version. C57Bl/6J mice (n = 30) were given 1 ?L of either saline or murine-p75NTR-saporin (0.65 ?g/?L or 1.3 ?g/?L) into the lateral ventricles, and then sacrificed 10-12 days post-surgery for histological analysis. In contrast to results from the previous version of the toxin, survival of the toxin-treated mice was 100 at both doses. A complete loss of cholinergic neurons was seen in the medial septum (MS) with both doses, while a dose-dependent loss of cholinergic neurons was observed in the nucleus basalis magnocellularis (nBM). The lesions were associated with locomotor hypoactivity and anxiolytic-type behavioral effects. These studies describe the efficacy and selectivity of this new version of murine-p75NTR-saporin, which may be used to provide insight into functional deficits that result from the loss of cholinergic neurons in the mouse basal forebrain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247 - 251
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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