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Hippocampus and working memory

Pierpaolo Cerullo, Paola Brancaccio, Serenella Anzilotti, Antonio Vinciguerra, Ornella Cuomo, Ferdinando Fiorino, Beatrice Severino, Paola Di Vaio, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lucio Annunziato, Giuseppe Pignataro
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HI) accounts for the majority of developmental, motor and cognitive deficits in children, leading to life-long neurological impairments. Since the plasmamembrane sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX) plays a fundamental role in maintaining ionic homeostasis during adult brain ischemia, in the present work we aimed to demonstrate (1)the involvement of NCX in the pathophysiology of neonatal HI and (2)a possible NCX-based pharmacological intervention. HI was induced in neonatal mice at postnatal day 7(P7) by unilateral cut of the right common carotid artery, followed by 60 min exposure to 8%O2 ...
March 15, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Yue Cao, Christian Hölscher, Meng-Ming Hu, Ting Wang, Fang Zhao, Yu Bai, Jun Zhang, Mei-Na Wu, Jin-Shun Qi
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder for which there is no cure. The early primary symptom of AD is the decline of memory ability, which gradually develops into complete dementia. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is an important risk factor of AD; and mimetics of the incretin hormone GLP-1 developed to treat diabetes are being tested as a novel therapeutic strategy for AD. In the present study, we reported for the first time the neuroprotective effects of a novel GLP-1/GIP dual agonist DA5-CH that activates the incretin hormone GLP-1 and GIP receptors in the APP/PS1 transgenic AD mouse model...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Jonathan Greenberg, Victoria L Romero, Seth Elkin-Frankston, Matthew A Bezdek, Eric H Schumacher, Sara W Lazar
Proactive interference occurs when previously relevant information interferes with retaining newer material. Overcoming proactive interference has been linked to the hippocampus and deemed critical for cognitive functioning. However, little is known about whether and how this ability can be improved or about the neural correlates of such improvement. Mindfulness training emphasizes focusing on the present moment and minimizing distraction from competing thoughts and memories. It improves working memory and increases hippocampal density...
March 17, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Caitlin S Mallory, Lisa M Giocomo
The discovery of place cells provided fundamental insight into the neural basis by which the hippocampus encodes spatial memories and supports navigation and prompted the development of computational models to explain the emergence of their spatial selectively. Many such works posit that input from entorhinal grid cells is critical to the formation of place fields, a prediction that has received mixed experimental support. Potentially reconciling seemingly conflicting findings is recent work indicating that subpopulations of pyramidal neurons are functionally distinct and may be driven to varying degrees by different inputs...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Katherine A Koenig, Stephen M Rao, Mark J Lowe, Jian Lin, Ken E Sakaie, Lael Stone, Robert A Bermel, Bruce D Trapp, Micheal D Phillips
BACKGROUND: Episodic memory loss is one of the most common cognitive symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), but the pathophysiology of this symptom remains unclear. Both the hippocampus and thalamus have been implicated in episodic memory and show regional atrophy in patients with MS. OBJECTIVE: In this work, we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during a verbal episodic memory task, lesion load, and volumetric measures of the hippocampus and thalamus to assess the relative contributions to verbal and visual-spatial episodic memory...
March 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Junyang Xia, Xiaoming Yin, Mingqin Zhu, Jie Cao, Xiaonan Song
RATIONALE: Autoimmune encephalitis (AE) is a heterogeneous group of recently identified disorders. Despite severe and even prolonged neurologic deficits, dramatic improvements may occur with proper immunotherapy in some patients with AE. Antineuronal antibodies have been discovered in patients' serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). However, AE with multiple antineuronal antibodies is rare. To date, there are no published reports of AE with both anti-γ-aminobutyric acid B receptor (GABABR) and anticollapsin response-mediator protein 5 (CV2) antibodies...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ana Paula Crestani, Rodrigo Ordoñez Sierra, Adriano Machado, Josué Haubrich, Krislei Martin Scienza, Lucas de Oliveira Alvares, Jorge Alberto Quillfeldt
The requirement of NMDA receptor (NMDAR) activity for memory formation is well described. However, the plasticity mechanisms for memory can be modified by experience, such that a future similar learning becomes independent of NMDARs. This effect has often been reported in learning events conducted with a few days interval. In this work, we asked whether the NMDAR-independency is permanent or the brain regions and plasticity mechanisms of experience-dependent learning may change over time. Considering that contextual memories undergo a gradual reorganization over time, becoming progressively independent from the hippocampus and dependent upon cortical regions, we investigated the brain regions mediating a new related learning conducted at a remote time-point, when the first memory was already cortically established...
February 28, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Libor Uttl, Tomas Petrasek, Hilal Sengul, Marketa Svojanovska, Veronika Lobellova, Karel Vales, Dominika Radostova, Grygoriy Tsenov, Hana Kubova, Anna Mikulecka, Jan Svoboda, Ales Stuchlik
The role of NMDA receptors in learning, memory and hippocampal function has long been recognized. Post-mortem studies have indicated that the expression or subunit composition of the NMDA glutamate receptor subtype might be related to the impaired cognitive functions found in schizophrenia patients. NMDA receptor antagonists have been used to develop animal models of this disorder. There is accumulating evidence showing that not only the acute but also the chronic application of NMDA receptor antagonists may induce schizophrenia-like alterations in behavior and brain functions...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Devasuda Anblagan, Maria C Valdés Hernández, Stuart J Ritchie, Benjamin S Aribisala, Natalie A Royle, Iona F Hamilton, Simon R Cox, Alan J Gow, Alison Pattie, Janie Corley, John M Starr, Susana Muñoz Maniega, Mark E Bastin, Ian J Deary, Joanna M Wardlaw
Introduction: The hippocampus plays an important role in cognitive abilities which often decline with advancing age. Methods: In a longitudinal study of community-dwelling adults, we investigated whether there were coupled changes in hippocampal structure and verbal memory, working memory, and processing speed between the ages of 73 ( N  = 655) and 76 years ( N  = 469). Hippocampal structure was indexed by hippocampal volume, hippocampal volume as a percentage of intracranial volume (H_ICV), fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD), and longitudinal relaxation time (T1)...
February 2018: Brain and Behavior
Tian Li, Juan-Juan Jiao, Christian Hölscher, Mei-Na Wu, Jun Zhang, Jia-Qing Tong, Xue-Fan Dong, Xue-Song Qu, Yue Cao, Hong-Yan Cai, Qiang Su, Jin-Shun Qi
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is an important risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) have been identified to be effective in T2DM treatment and neuroprotection. In the present study, we further explored the effects of a novel unimolecular GLP-1/GIP/Gcg triagonist on the cognitive behavior and cerebral pathology in the 7-month-old triple transgenic mouse model of AD (3xTg-AD), and investigated its possible electrophysiological and molecular mechanisms...
February 23, 2018: Hippocampus
Xing-Dui Ma, Bei-Ping Li, Yuan Han, Yun-Ping Tian, Liang Wu, Hang Wang
We aimed to investigate the indirect influence of exposure to nicotine during pregnancy on the learning and memory of adult offspring mice. Thirty pregnant C57 mice were randomly divided into either the control group (CON) or the nicotine group (NIC), with 15 mice each. The CON group was given access to drug-free water, and the NIC group was given 60 g/ml nicotine in drinking water. Sixteen adult mice were randomly selected from the 8 litters for Morris water maze test. The level of products of related factors in the hippocampus of mice in the NIC and the CON groups were compared using the1 H-MRS method...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Daniel G McHail, Nazanin Valibeigi, Theodore C Dumas
The neural bases of cognition may be greatly informed by relating temporally defined developmental changes in behavior with concurrent alterations in neural function. A robust improvement in performance in spatial learning and memory tasks occurs at 3 wk of age in rodents. We reported that the developmental increase of spontaneous alternation in a Y-maze was related to changes in temporal dynamics of fast glutamatergic synaptic transmission in the hippocampus. We also showed that, during allothetic behaviors in the Y-maze, network oscillation power increased at frequency bands known to support spatial learning and memory in adults...
March 2018: Learning & Memory
Masato Nakashima, Haruka Imada, Eri Shiraishi, Yuki Ito, Noriko Suzuki, Maki Miyamoto, Takahiko Taniguchi, Hiroki Iwashita
The pathophysiology of schizophrenia has been associated with glutamatergic dysfunction. Modulation of the glutamatergic signaling pathway, including N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, can provide a new therapeutic target for schizophrenia. Phosphodiesterase 2A (PDE2A) is highly expressed in the forebrain, and is a dual substrate enzyme that hydrolyzes both cAMP and cGMP, which play pivotal roles as intracellular second messengers downstream of NMDA receptors. Here we characterize the in vivo pharmacological profile of a selective and brain penetrant PDE2A inhibitor, (N-{(1S)-1-[3-fluoro-4-(trifluoromethoxy)phenyl]-2-methoxyethyl}-7-methoxy-2-oxo-2,3-dihydropyrido[2,3-b]pyrazine-4(1H)-carboxamide) (TAK-915) as a novel treatment for schizophrenia...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Krista L Wahlstrom, Mary L Huff, Eric B Emmons, John H Freeman, Nandakumar S Narayanan, Christa K McIntyre, Ryan T LaLumiere
Although evidence suggests that the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and dorsal hippocampus (DH) work together to influence the consolidation of spatial/contextual learning, the circuit mechanism by which the BLA selectively modulates spatial/contextual memory consolidation is not clear. The medial entorhinal cortex (mEC) is a critical region in the hippocampus-based system for processing spatial information. As an efferent target of the BLA, the mEC is a candidate by which the BLA influences the consolidation of such learning...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Charles Evans, Martha Hvoslefeide, Rhian Thomas, Emma Kidd, Mark A Good
Three experiments examined the ability of mice to forage efficiently for liquid rewards in pots located in an open field arena. Search behaviour was unconstrained other than by the walls of the arena. All mice acquired the task within 4 days of training, with one trial per day. Experiment 1 tested the hypothesis that hippocampal lesions would disrupt foraging behaviour using extramaze cues. Mice with hippocampal lesions showed normal latency to initiate foraging and to complete the task relative to sham-operated mice...
February 6, 2018: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Lucas Taoro-Gonzalez, Yaiza M Arenas, Andrea Cabrera-Pastor, Vicente Felipo
BACKGROUND: Hyperammonemic rats reproduce the cognitive alterations of patients with hepatic encephalopathy, including altered spatial memory, attributed to altered membrane expression of AMPA receptor subunits in hippocampus. Neuroinflammation mediates these cognitive alterations. We hypothesized that hyperammonemia-induced increase in IL-1β in hippocampus would be responsible for the altered GluA1 and GluA2 membrane expression. The aims of this work were to (1) assess if increased IL-1β levels and activation of its receptor are responsible for the changes in GluA1 and/or GluA2 membrane expression in hyperammonemia and (2) identify the mechanisms by which activation of IL-1 receptor leads to altered membrane expression of GluA1 and GluA2...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Mei-Hsin Hsu, Yu-Chieh Chen, Jiunn-Ming Sheen, Shih-Wen Li, Li-Tung Huang
Bile duct ligation (BDL) in young rats can cause impaired liver function and cognition deficits. Nitric oxide is implicated in hepatic encephalopathy and is also involved in cognition. In this study, we examined the role of brain asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), an endogenous nitric oxide synthase inhibitor, in young BDL rats with spatial deficits. Young male Sprague-Dawley rats aged 17 days were assigned to four groups: laparotomy (SHAM), laparotomy plus 5 mg melatonin delivered through a pellet (SHAMM) for 4 weeks, BDL for 4 weeks, and BDL plus 5 mg melatonin delivered through a pellet (BDLM) for 4 weeks...
January 30, 2018: Neuroreport
H Cardoso-Cruz, M Dourado, C Monteiro, V Galhardo
BACKGROUND: Dopamine (DA) is thought to be important to local hippocampal networks integrity during spatial working memory (sWM) processing. Chronic pain may contribute to deficient dopaminergic signalling, which may in turn affect cognition. However, the neural mechanisms that determine this impairment are poorly understood. Here, we evaluated whether the sWM impairment characteristic of animal models of chronic pain is dependent on DA D2 receptor (D2r) activity. METHODS: To address this issue, we implanted multichannel arrays of electrodes in the dorsal and ventral hippocampal CA1 field (dvCA1) of rats and recorded the neuronal activity during a classical delayed food-reinforced T-maze sWM task...
January 26, 2018: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Elahe Naderali, Farnaz Nikbakht, Sattar Norouzi Ofogh, Homa Rasoolijazi
Systemic Kainic Acid (KA) administration has been used to induce experimental temporal lobe epilepsy in rats. The aim of this study was to evaluate the neuroprotective effect of rosemary extract (RE, 40% Carnosic acid) against KA-induced neurotoxicity in hippocampus and impaired learning and memory. Animals received a single dose of KA (9.5 mg/kg) intraperitoneally (i.p.) (KA group) and were observed for 2 h and were scored from 0 (for normal, no convulsion) to 5 (for continuous generalized limbic seizures)...
2018: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
Inês Silva Amorim, Sonal Kedia, Stella Kouloulia, Konstanze Simbriger, Ilse Gantois, Seyed Mehdi Jafarnejad, Yupeng Li, Agniete Kampaite, Tine Pooters, Nicola Romanò, Christos G Gkogkas
The MAPK/ERK (Mitogen Activated Protein Kinases/Extracellular signal-Regulated Kinases) pathway is a cardinal regulator of synaptic plasticity, learning and memory in the hippocampus. One of major endpoints of this signaling cascade is the 5' mRNA cap-binding protein eIF4E (eukaryotic Initiation Factor 4E), which is phosphorylated on Ser 209 by MNK (MAPK-interacting protein kinases) and controls mRNA translation. The precise role of phospho-eIF4E in the brain is yet to be determined. Herein, we demonstrate that ablation of eIF4E phosphorylation in male mice (4Eki mice) does not impair long-term spatial or contextual fear memory, or the late phase of long-term potentiation (L-LTP)...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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