Electrophysiological and Morphological Studies of SOD1 Transgenic Mice: An Animal Model of ALS

Electrophysiological and Morphological Studies of SOD1 Transgenic Mice: An Animal Model of ALS

Review Data

Q: Is the topic relevant to the journal area of interest? Is it contemporary and interesting for

researchers?

A: Good

 

Abstract & Keywords

Q: Are all required components included in the abstract? Are the keywords appropriately chosen?

A: Good

 

Goal

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A: Good

 

Structure

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A: Good

 

Tools and Methods

Q: Are methods the author uses adequate and well used?

A: Good

 

Discussion & Conclusion

Q: Is it related to the results presented before? Do you consider them as coherent?

A: Good

 

Comments: The Discussion highlights the striking feature while comparing cervical motor neurons of the wild type and SOD1 mutant mice and found that there is selective loss of the dendritic tree whereas the cell body remained active, even after generating pacemaker-like action potentials. It also discusses the electrophysiological findings of the study and mentions the importance of further investigations for getting clear views of the effects. The Conclusion puts forth the overview of the comparison of the morphologic and electrophysiologic responses of cervical motor neurons in wild type and mouse mutants that are good models of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

 

Literature

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A: Good

 

Author's knowledge

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A: Good

 

Length

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A: Good

 

Figures & Tables

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A: Good

 

Writing style

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A: Good

 

Comments: There are few issues found in the manuscript, which are as follows:

·       In the 1st sentence of Abstract, the word ‘Amyotropic’ in “Amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS)” must be ‘amyotrophic’.

·       Under Materials and Methods, 1st paragraph, 6th sentence, “The size of a mouse is smaller than a rat, and the skeleton is thinner” can better be written as “The size of a mouse is smaller than a rat, and also the skeleton is thinner”.

·       In Results, 1st paragraph, 1st sentence, “Figure 1 shows membrane potential and membrane resistance from motor neurons recorded from each of mutant animals and wild type” is reframed as “Figure 1 shows membrane potential and membrane resistance from motor neurons recorded from each of mutant animal and their wild types”.   

·       Under Results, “6th paragraph, 3rd sentence, “The amount of current necessary to evoke an action potential…” is rewritten as “The amount of current necessity to evoke an action potential… ”.

 

Further comments on the paper

Comments: This manuscript provides an animal model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in describing the electrophysiological and morphological studies of SOD1 transgenic mice. It illustrates the overall methods undertaken for the study. The studies of SOD1 mutants and wild-type were kept under consideration in the overall research and findings.

 

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A: Yes - Suitable to be published

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Author Info

Corresponding Author
David O. Carpenter
Institute for Health and the Environment; University at Albany, SUNY, Rensselaer, NY, USA

Article Info

Article Type
Research Article
Publication history
Received: Mon 16, Aug 2021
Accepted: Tue 31, Aug 2021
Published: Sat 02, Oct 2021
Copyright
© 2021 David O. Carpenter. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository.
DOI: 10.31487/j.JBN.2021.01.03