ReviewNeurodegenerative Disease

Mouse models of neurodegeneration: Know your question, know your mouse

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Science Translational Medicine  22 May 2019:
Vol. 11, Issue 493, eaaq1818
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaq1818


Many mutant mouse strains have been developed as models to investigate neurodegenerative disease in humans. However, variability in results among studies using these mouse strains has led to questions about the value of these models. Here, we appraise various mouse models for dissecting neurodegenerative disease mechanisms and emphasize the importance of asking appropriate research questions. In therapeutic studies, we suggest that understanding variability among and within mouse models is crucial for preventing translational failures in human patients.

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