Neuronal degeneration in the gerbil brainstem is associated with spongiform lesions.

@article{McGinn1998NeuronalDI,
  title={Neuronal degeneration in the gerbil brainstem is associated with spongiform lesions.},
  author={Michael D. McGinn and Brian T. Faddis},
  journal={Microscopy research and technique},
  year={1998},
  volume={41 3},
  pages={187-204}
}
Spongiform lesions arise in dendrites and glia in the brainstem of domestic Mongolian gerbils. Most pronounced within the cochlear nucleus (CN), this disorder is dynamic and progressive; the lesions increase in number, size, and extent with age. It has not been clear whether these spongioid lesions either cause or are associated with significant neural degeneration. In contrast, feral Mongolian gerbils (wild-trapped in Tuva) and their offspring show few spongiform lesions. The Tuvan gerbils… CONTINUE READING