The indusium griseum in Alzheimer's disease: an immunocytochemical study.


The immunocytochemical features of the indusium griseum (IG) were compared with the corresponding hippocampus in 5 patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and 5 age-matched nondemented individuals using antibodies against beta-amyloid, the A68 protein (Alz-50 antibody), tau, ubiquitin and synapsin I. beta-Amyloid-positive plaques were prominent in the AD hippocampus but were not present in the IG. Numerous Alz-50, tau and ubiquitin-positive neurofibrillary tangles and dystrophic neurites were observed in the AD hippocampus but were infrequent in the IG. Synapsin I immunoreactivity was significantly reduced in both the AD hippocampus and the AD IG when compared to age-matched patients. These findings suggest that the IG may be resistant to factors that trigger production of abnormal AD-associated proteins. Loss of synaptic input alone may not account for the AD-associated changes in the hippocampus since synaptic depletion was seen in both the hippocampus and the unaffected AD IG.


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@article{Lippa1992TheIG, title={The indusium griseum in Alzheimer's disease: an immunocytochemical study.}, author={Carol F Lippa and Thomas Smith}, journal={Journal of the neurological sciences}, year={1992}, volume={111 1}, pages={39-45} }