Acta Biológica Colombiana
Print version ISSN 0120-548X
SERRANO SANCHEZ, TERESA et al. Huntington'disease: Experimentals Models and Therapeutic Perspectives. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.1, pp. 21-42. ISSN 0120-548X.
Huntington'disease (HD) is a degenerative dysfunction of hereditary origin. Up to date there is not, an effective treatment to the disease which having lapsed 15 or 20 years advances inexorably, in a slow form, toward the total inability or death. This paper reviews the clinical and morphological characteristics of Huntington's disease as well as the experimental models more commonly used t study this disease, having as source the articles indexed in Medline data base, published in the last 20 years. Advantages and disadvantages of all experimental models to reproduce the disease as well as the perspectives to therapeutic assay have been also considered. The consent of outline reported about the toxic models, those induced by neurotoxins such as quinolinic acid, appears to be the most appropiate to reproduce the neuropathologic characteristic of the disease, an genetic models contributing with more evidence to the knowledge of the disease ethiology. Numerous treatments ameliorate clinical manifestations, but none of them has been able to stop or diminish the affectations derived from neuronal loss. At present time it is possible to reproduce, at least partially, the characteristics of the disease in experimentation animals that allow therapy evaluation in HD. From the treatment view point, the more promissory seems to be transplantation of no neuronal cells, taking into account ethical issues and factibility. On the other hand the new technology of interference RNA, emerges as a potential therapeutic tool for treatment in HD, and to respond basic questions on the development of the disease.
Keywords : Huntington disease; cortex; striatum; animal models..