Neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging reveals white matter and hippocampal microstructure changes produced by Interleukin-6 in the TgCRND8 mouse model of amyloidosis

Luis M. Colon-Perez, Kristen R. Ibanez, Mallory Suarez, Kristin Torroella, Kelly Acuna, Edward Ofori, Yona Levites, David E. Vaillancourt, Todd E. Golde, Paramita Chakrabarty, Marcelo Febo

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Abstract

Extracellular β-amyloid (Aβ) plaque deposits and inflammatory immune activation are thought to alter various aspects of tissue microstructure, such as extracellular free water, fractional anisotropy and diffusivity, as well as the density and geometric arrangement of axonal processes. Quantifying these microstructural changes in Alzheimer's disease and related neurodegenerative dementias could serve to monitor or predict disease course. In the present study we used high-field diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) to investigate the effects of Aβ and inflammatory interleukin-6 (IL6), alone or in combination, on in vivo tissue microstructure in the TgCRND8 mouse model of Alzheimer's-type Aβ deposition. TgCRND8 and non-transgenic (nTg) mice expressing brain-targeted IL6 or enhanced glial fibrillary protein (EGFP controls) were scanned at 8 months of age using a 2-shell, 54-gradient direction dMRI sequence at 11.1 T. Images were processed using the diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) model or the neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging (NODDI) model. DTI and NODDI processing in TgCRND8 mice revealed a microstructure pattern in white matter (WM) and hippocampus consistent with radial and longitudinal diffusivity deficits along with an increase in density and geometric complexity of axonal and dendritic processes. This included reduced FA, mean, axial and radial diffusivity, and increased orientation dispersion (ODI) and intracellular volume fraction (ICVF) measured in WM and hippocampus. IL6 produced a ‘protective-like’ effect on WM FA in TgCRND8 mice, observed as an increased FA that counteracted a reduction in FA observed with endogenous Aβ production and accumulation. In addition, we found that ICVF and ODI had an inverse relationship with the functional connectome clustering coefficient. The relationship between NODDI and graph theory metrics suggests that currently unknown microstructure alterations in WM and hippocampus are associated with diminished functional network organization in the brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number116138
JournalNeuroImage
Volume202
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Clustering
  • Connectomic
  • Diffusion MRI
  • DTI
  • Free water
  • Functional connectivity
  • Inflammation
  • Interleukin 6
  • NODDI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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Colon-Perez, L. M., Ibanez, K. R., Suarez, M., Torroella, K., Acuna, K., Ofori, E., Levites, Y., Vaillancourt, D. E., Golde, T. E., Chakrabarty, P., & Febo, M. (2019). Neurite orientation dispersion and density imaging reveals white matter and hippocampal microstructure changes produced by Interleukin-6 in the TgCRND8 mouse model of amyloidosis. NeuroImage, 202, [116138]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.116138