Examination of Creatine deposits and Environs in TgCRND8 Mouse Brain by Raman and FTIR Microspectroscopy
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Alzheimer Disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by memory loss and dementia. Both energy metabolism and the function of creatine kinase are known to be affected in Alzheimer diseased brain. With synchrotron FTIR microscopy, extensive deposits of crystalline creatine (Cr) had been discovered in TgCRND8 mouse brain tissue by previous students in our lab. In this thesis, regions of hippocampus and caudate of 5 pairs of transgenic mice and their non-transgenic littermate controls were mapped using Raman and IR microspectroscopy to find clues to Cr origin in transgenic mouse brain. Raman spectra obtained at higher spatial resolution (1-2 µm) were used for better delineation of the Cr crystalline deposits and their environs. These results indicate that Cr crystals were formed after snap-freezing and desiccation of brain tissue. Therefore, it can be speculated that Cr might be exist in solution form in vivo.