Abstract

Huntington disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by a trinucleotide repeat expansion in the huntingtin (HTT) gene. Metabolic dysfunction is a feature of HD that is recapitulated in HD mouse models. Our lab has shown that circadian feeding rhythms are disrupted in humanized HD mice and restored by suppression of brain HTT. Furthermore, when circadian feeding rhythm is artificially restored, in addition to normalization of metabolic function, liver and striatal HTT is temporarily reduced, demonstrating that HTT is involved in gut-brain feedback. The gut microbiome, which can regulate gut-brain feedback, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of other central nervous system disorders and we hypothesize it also plays a role in HD. The objective of this study is to investigate alterations in relative abundance of HD gut microbiota using existing plasma metabolomics data to identify candidate bacteria. If distinct microbiota profiles are demonstrated, this would provide the basis for future unbiased studies to investigate the complete HD microbiome.

Thesis Completion

2018

Semester

Fall

Thesis Chair

Southwell, Amber

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Medicine

Department

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Location

College of Medicine

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Length of Campus-only Access

1 year

Release Date

12-1-2019

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