The PDAPP mouse has been a very useful model for studying mechanisms underlying amyloid-β (Aβ) metabolism, aggregation, and deposition, and for aiding in the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer's disease (AD). One of the initial difficulties in producing a mouse model that was useful to study AD was creating an easily manipulated small animal model that demonstrated some of the key in vivo neuropathological hallmarks of the disease. The PDAPP model was the first transgenic mouse to overexpress the human amyloid precursor protein (hAPP) that successfully recapitulated several neuropathological features characteristic of AD. These include Aβ deposition in both diffuse and neuritic plaques, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, astrocytosis, microgliosis, hippocampal atrophy, synaptic alterations, and behavioral deficits. Many of the histological, biochemical, and structural alterations present in the PDAPP mouse closely resemble the changes found in the brain of AD patients, especially the temporal and spatial-specific deposition of Aβ in the brain. The animals, however, did not develop tauopathy or significant neuronal cell death. Because of these properties, the PDAPP mouse has proven to be an attractive model to study the disease process underlying aspects of AD that are related to Aβ aggregation and its consequences. The PDAPP mouse has been extensively used to study the effect of genetic factors that modify AD, as well as Aβ-binding proteins and their effect on Aβ deposition. It has also been widely used to characterize the potential use of active and passive immunization in both the diagnosis and treatment of AD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnimal Models of Dementia
EditorsPeter Paul Deyn, Debby Dam
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Jan 11 2011

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0893-2336
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6045


  • Amyloid beta (Ab)
  • Amyloid plaque
  • Apolipoprotein E
  • Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA)
  • Clusterin
  • Immunization
  • Neuritic dystrophy
  • PDAPP mouse model
  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-β
  • human amyloid precursor protein (hAPP)


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