DOI: 10.3390/neurolint15030057 ISSN: 2035-8377

3D Imaging of Striatal Transplants in a Small Animal Model of Huntington’s Disease

Elisabeth Schültke, Bernd R. Pinzer, Marco Stampanoni, Laura Harsan, Mátè Döbrössy
  • Neurology (clinical)

High-resolution imaging in small animal models of neurologic disease is a technical challenge. In a pilot project, we have explored a non-destructive synchrotron imaging technique for the 3D visualization of intracerebral tissue transplants in a well-established small animal model of Huntington’s disease. Four adult female Sprague Dawley rats each received injections of 0.12 M quinolinic acid (QA) into two target positions in the left striatum, thus creating unilateral left-sided striatal lesions similar to those frequently seen in patients suffering from Huntington’s disease. One week after lesioning, the animals received transplants prepared from whole ganglionic eminences (wGEs) obtained from 13- to 14-day-old rat embryos. Of the four lesioned animals, three received transplants of GNP-loaded cells and one animal received a transplant of naïve cells, serving as control. Post-mortem synchrotron-based microCT was used to obtain images of the neurotransplants. The images obtained of GNP-loaded tissue transplants at the synchrotron corresponded in size and shape to the histological images of transplants developed from naïve cells. Thus, we conclude that non-destructive synchrotron imaging techniques such as phase-contrast imaging are suitable to obtain high-resolution images of GNP-loaded tissue transplants.

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