This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing theresources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. The subproject andinvestigator (PI) may have received primary funding from another NIH source,and thus could be represented in other CRISP entries. The institution listed isfor the Center, which is not necessarily the institution for the investigator.The goal of this project is to lay the foundation for creating novel transgenic models of Alzheimer 's disease (AD) pathology using a lentiviral vectors and disease-linked transgenes. Current transgenic mouse models of AD recapitulate some aspects of the disease, but they do not develop the full degenerative phenotype that is unique to humans. Because of the long-term and progressive nature of Alzheimer's disease, it is important for the transgene to strongly expressed by cells for a long period of time. To this end, we have shown that the ubiquitin promoter yields that best neuronal transgene expression, and that transgenic protein remains strongly expressed for as long as 18 months in rats. More recently, we have demonstrated that lentiviral expression of a transgene for human tau protein results in the appearance, in neurons, of accumulated tau proteins in as little as 3 weeks. In addition, in collaboration with Dr. Timothy Duong of the Yerkes Imaging Center, we have begun magnetic resonance imaging studies of squirrel monkeys and we have also begun testing novel compounds, developed by Drs. Goodman and Votaw, for imaging senile plaques and cerebral amyloid angiopathy in vivo in rodent and primate models of Alzheimer-like -amyloid pathology.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Primate Research Center Grants (P51)
Project #
5P51RR000165-47
Application #
7562590
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-CM-8 (01))
Project Start
2007-05-01
Project End
2008-04-30
Budget Start
2007-05-01
Budget End
2008-04-30
Support Year
47
Fiscal Year
2007
Total Cost
$31,598
Indirect Cost
Name
Emory University
Department
Otolaryngology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
066469933
City
Atlanta
State
GA
Country
United States
Zip Code
30322
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