Axonal transport is unnaffected by aging
What is it about?
The ferrying of cargoes such as organelles, proteins, and endosomes along axons is essential for the health and survival of nerve cells. This process of axonal transport has been shown to decline with age in a range of models; however, there is little in vivo evidence on how the transport of individual cargoes is impacted in living mammals. We show that the real-time dynamics (speed and pauses) of endosomes in peripheral nerve axons remain unchanged in live mice from one month to over a year old.
Why is it important?
Several studies using primary neurons and non-invasive in vivo approaches indicate that axonal transport is compromised in mice aged about a year. Moreover, transport of individual mitochondria has been shown to decline in live retinal neurons of the eye by 12-13 months. Counter to these observations, our work indicates that decline in axonal transport in the mouse peripheral nervous system does not occur in vivo before one year.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr James N Sleigh