Chemical NeuroscienceMetallothionein in olfactory mucosa of Alzheimer's disease patients and apoE-deficient miceChuah, Meng Inn1,3; Getchell, Marilyn L.2 Author Information 1Department of Anatomy and Physiology, Box 252-24, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7001 2Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40536, USA. 3Corresponding author: Meng Inn Chuah ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: This investigation was funded by the Australian Brain Foundation. Received 17 March 1999; accepted 28 April 1999 NeuroReport: June 23, 1999 - Volume 10 - Issue 9 - p 1919-1924 Buy Abstract IMMUNOSTAINING for metallothionein was performed on olfactory mucosa of the superior part of the nasal septum obtained from Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and normal age-matched controls. In general, specimens from AD patients showed increased MT immunoreactivity as indicated by more frequent and intense staining in Bowman's glands, olfactory epithelium and the underlying lamina propria. Induction of MT may result from increased levels of reactive oxygen species commonly associated with AD. Sections of the entire nasal cavity and olfactory bulb of apoE-deficient and wild-type mice revealed no difference in the pattern of staining, suggesting that MT expression is not linked to the apoE gene. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.