Lind LA, Murphy ER, Lever TE, Nichols NL (2018) Hypoglossal motor neuron death via intralingual CTB-saporin (CTB-SAP) injections mimic aspects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) related to dysphagia. Neuroscience 390:303-316. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.08.026
Objective: Despite its fundamental importance, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and strategies to preserve swallowing function have seldom been studied in ALS models.
Summary: The authors report a novel experimental model using intralingual injections of cholera toxin B conjugated to saporin (CTB-SAP) to study the impact of only hypoglossal motor neuron death without the many complications that are present in ALS models.
Usage: Hypoglossal motor neuron survival, swallowing function, and hypoglossal motor output were assessed in Sprague Dawley rats after intralingual injection of either CTB-SAP (25 ug) or unconjugated CTB and SAP (controls) into the genioglossus muscle.
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