Progression of motor axon dysfunction and ectopic Nav1.8 expression in a mouse model of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease 1B

Mette R Rosberg, Susana Alvarez Herrero, Dennis Klein, Finn Cilius Nielsen, Rudolf Martini, S Rock Levinson, Christian Krarup, Mihai Moldovan

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Mice heterozygously deficient for the myelin protein P0 gene (P0+/-) develop a slowly progressing neuropathy modeling demyelinating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT1B). The aim of the study was to investigate the long-term progression of motor dysfunction in P0+/- mice at 3, 7, 12 and 20months. By comparison with WT littermates, P0+/- showed a decreasing motor performance with age. This was associated with a progressive reduction in amplitude and increase in latency of the plantar compound muscle action potential (CMAP) evoked by stimulation of the tibial nerve at ankle. This progressive functional impairment was in contrast to the mild demyelinating neuropathy of the tibial nerve revealed by histology. "Threshold-tracking" studies showed impaired motor axon excitability in P0+/- from 3months. With time, there was a progressive reduction in threshold deviations during both depolarizing and hyperpolarizing threshold electrotonus associated with increasing resting I/V slope and increasing strength-duration time constant. These depolarizing features in excitability in P0+/- as well as the reduced CMAP amplitude were absent in P0+/- NaV1.8 knockouts, and could be acutely reversed by selective pharmacologic block of NaV1.8 in P0+/-. Mathematical modeling indicated an association of altered passive cable properties with a depolarizing shift in resting membrane potential and increase in the persistent Na(+) current in P0+/-. Our data suggest that ectopic NaV1.8 expression precipitates depolarizing conduction failure in CMT1B, and that motor axon dysfunction in demyelinating neuropathy is pharmacologically reversible.

TidsskriftNeurobiology of Disease
Sider (fra-til)201-14
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - sep. 2016


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