Age-Related Impairment of Ultrasonic Vocalization in Tau.P301L Mice: Possible Implication for Progressive Language Disorders
AuthorMenuet, C; Cazals, Y; Gestreau, C; Borghgraef, P; Gielis, L; Dutschmann, M; Van Leuven, F; Hilaire, G
Source TitlePLoS One
PublisherPUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMenuet, C., Cazals, Y., Gestreau, C., Borghgraef, P., Gielis, L., Dutschmann, M., Van Leuven, F. & Hilaire, G. (2011). Age-Related Impairment of Ultrasonic Vocalization in Tau.P301L Mice: Possible Implication for Progressive Language Disorders. PLOS ONE, 6 (10), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0025770.
Access StatusOpen Access
BACKGROUND: Tauopathies, including Alzheimer's Disease, are the most frequent neurodegenerative diseases in elderly people and cause various cognitive, behavioural and motor defects, but also progressive language disorders. For communication and social interactions, mice produce ultrasonic vocalization (USV) via expiratory airflow through the larynx. We examined USV of Tau.P301L mice, a mouse model for tauopathy expressing human mutant tau protein and developing cognitive, motor and upper airway defects. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: At age 4-5 months, Tau.P301L mice had normal USV, normal expiratory airflow and no brainstem tauopathy. At age 8-10 months, Tau.P301L mice presented impaired USV, reduced expiratory airflow and severe tauopathy in the periaqueductal gray, Kolliker-Fuse and retroambiguus nuclei. Tauopathy in these nuclei that control upper airway function and vocalization correlates well with the USV impairment of old Tau.P301L mice. CONCLUSIONS: In a mouse model for tauopathy, we report for the first time an age-related impairment of USV that correlates with tauopathy in midbrain and brainstem areas controlling vocalization. The vocalization disorder of old Tau.P301L mice could be, at least in part, reminiscent of language disorders of elderly suffering tauopathy.
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