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J Vis Exp. 2010 May 21;(39). pii: 1787. doi: 10.3791/1787.

A simple composite phenotype scoring system for evaluating mouse models of cerebellar ataxia.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, USA.

Abstract

We describe a protocol for the rapid and sensitive quantification of disease severity in mouse models of cerebella ataxia. It is derived from previously published phenotype assessments in several disease models, including spinocerebellar ataxias, Huntington s disease and spinobulbar muscular atrophy. Measures include hind limb clasping, ledge test, gait and kyphosis. Each measure is recorded on a scale of 0-3, with a combined total of 0-12 for all four measures. The results effectively discriminate between affected and non-affected individuals, while also quantifying the temporal progression of neurodegenerative disease phenotypes. Measures may be analyzed individually or combined into a composite phenotype score for greater statistical power. The ideal combination of the four described measures will depend upon the disorder in question. We present an example of the protocol used to assess disease severity in a transgenic mouse model of spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7).

PMID:
20495529
PMCID:
PMC3121238
DOI:
10.3791/1787
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