Anterior cingulate cortical transplantation in transgenic Huntington's disease mice

Anton Van Dellen, Robert Deacon, Denis York, Colin Blakemore, Anthony J. Hannan*

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Huntington's disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant disorder involving progressive neurodegeneration of the corpus striatum and cerebral cortex. Transgenic mice, in which exon 1 of the human HD gene with an expanded trinucleotide repeat is expressed, develop a neurodegenerative syndrome that closely models human HD. Transplantation of wild-type donor cortex into the anterior cingulate cortex of neonatal HD mice (R6/1 line) was found to delay the onset of a specific motor deficit, rear-paw clasping. However, transplantation did not significantly enhance motor performance on a suspended horizontal rod, a behavioural measure of fine motor co-ordination. Control experiments in which the anterior cingulate cortex was resected, but no donor cortical tissue was transplanted, showed no behavioural benefit. In fact, wild-type littermate mice that also underwent this surgical resection, were found to develop motor deficits similar to those exhibited by non-resected HD mice. These results suggest that the anterior cingulate cortex is an important area of pathology in this HD model, and that therapeutic approaches to HD may need to target cortical, as well as striatal areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-318
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Research Bulletin
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Anterior cingulate
  • Corticostriatal
  • Huntington's
  • Polyglutamine
  • Transplantation


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