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Master of Science


Anatomy & Neurobiology

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Jeffrey L. Dupree


Multiple sclerosis (MS), a demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), affects approximately 400,000 individuals in the United States, and 2.5 million people worldwide. It is a leading cause of disability in young adults. Current treatments for MS target the inflammatory aspects of the disease, but do not aid in remyelination. To address remyelination as a therapeutic strategy, it is imperative to identify mechanisms that regulate myelin formation, including epigenetic targets. In this study, we investigate the role of the LMNA, a gene encoding Lamins A and C, intermediate filaments of the nuclear lamina, in regulating oligodendrocyte development and myelination in the CNS. Using electron microscopic analyses, I examined levels of heterochromatin and its distribution in the oligodendrocyte nucleus as an indicator of gene expression, oligodendrocyte maturity, and myelin formation in the absence of A type lamins.. While overall levels of heterochromatin in oligodendrocytes were not altered in the absence of A type lamins, peripherally located heterochromatin was reduced and thinner myelin was observed in the spinal cord. My observations present novel findings for the role of LMNA in oligodendrocytes and myelination.


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