Mouse Genome Informatics

involves: 129P2/OlaHsd * FVB/N
phenotype observed in females WTSI Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
phenotype observed in males EuPh Europhenome
N normal phenotype
• mean survival is 227 days

nervous system
• 29% fewer lumbar spinal cord neurons than control in 3.5 month old mice
• 19% fewer facial nucleus neurons than control
• 5 day old mice did not exhibit reduced numbers of motor neurons
• ventral roots from L1-L5 lumbar spinal cord region contain few myelinated axons
• remaining axons are shriveled and exhibit Wallerian degeneration
• increased number of neuromuscular junctions in gastrocnemius
• intranuclear aggregates (gems) of the SMN protein in spinal cord are fewer and less intense than in normal littermates
• reduced amplitudes in evoked muscle potentials from tibial nerve
• axon sprouting occurs in gastrocnemius and triceps muscles
• sprouts are both nodal and emerge from the neuromuscular junction (terminal)

• angulated and atrophic fibers observed in gastrocnemius and to a lesser extent in quadriceps and intercostal muscles
• samples from multiple pelvic and thoracic muscles exhibit abnormal spontaneous activity of single muscle fibers and of motor units in 4-6 month old mice
• abnormal activity is occasionally accompanied by biphasic sharp waves

• 20-40% smaller than normal littermates
• toward the end of life

reproductive system

• mice fail to groom efficiently toward the end of life
• muscle weakness exhibited by 3 weeks of age
• exhibit very little activity toward the end of life
• mice are less active by 3 weeks of age compared to normal littermates

respiratory system
• mice exhibit short, shallow breeding toward the end of life

Mouse Models of Human Disease
Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Type III; SMA3 253400 J:81238