Lurcher Mouse

  • Jan CendelinEmail author
  • Frantisek Vozeh
Living reference work entry


Lurcher mutant mice represent one of the frequently used mouse models of the olivocerebellar degeneration. It is caused by a mutation in the δ2 glutamate receptor subunit encoding gene. The gain-of-function mutation changes the receptor into a leaky membrane channel leading to chronic depolarization of the cells expressing the receptor. Heterozygous Lurcher mice suffer from virtually complete postnatal loss of cerebellar Purkinje cells and reduction of granule, stellate, and basket cells and inferior olive neurons and relatively mild changes in the deep cerebellar nuclei. The death of Purkinje cells is a primary effect of the mutation, and it shows features of apoptosis, autophagy, and necrosis. Extinction of the granule, stellate, and basket cells and inferior olive neurons is a target-related cell death. Lurcher mice display neurochemical and metabolic changes, abnormalities in the neurotransmitter and receptor systems, endocrine and immune abnormalities, and multiple behavioral deficits.


Amino acid neurotransmitters Anxiety Apoptosis Ataxia Autophagy Basket cells Bax Caspase-3 Cerebellar degeneration Classical conditioning Cytochrome oxidase Purkinje cells Cerebellar nuclei Dopamine Endothelin-1 receptor Excitotoxic Exploration behavior Eyelid response GABA Gait Glutamate Glutamate receptor Grooming GluRδ2 Granule cells Inferior olive Lurcher Motor learning Motor skills Necrosis Neurotrophin Noradrenaline Oculomotor system Olivocerebellar degeneration p53 Prepulse inhibition Serotonin Spatial learning Spatial orientation Stellate cells Working memory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pathophysiology, Faculty of Medicine in PilsenCharles UniversityPilsenCzech Republic
  2. 2.Laboratory of Neurodegenerative Disorders, Biomedical Center, Faculty of Medicine in PilsenCharles UniversityPilsenCzech Republic

Section editors and affiliations

  • Noriyuki Koibuchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Integrative PhysiologyGunma University Graduate School of MedicineMaebashiJapan

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