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Effects of Ouabain intrahippocampal injection in modulation of NFκB, BDNF/CREB and WNT-β-CATENIN signaling pathways in a time course of 24 hours.

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Ana Maria Marques Orellana
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas (ICB/SDI)
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Examining board members:
Cristoforo Scavone; Rosana Camarini; Luis Eduardo Menezes Quintas; Andréa da Silva Torrão; Gilberto Fernando Xavier
Advisor: Cristoforo Scavone

It is well established that Ouabain (OUA), an endogenous cardiotonic steroid, can bind to NKA and trigger activation of signaling pathways dependent on Src kinase activation and intracellular Ca2+ levels oscillation, what can lead to NFκB activation, and in turn, can transactivate other signaling pathways, such as the canonical WNT pathway. The aim of this thesis was to investigate the effects of intrahippocampal administration of OUA in adult rats, whether it was able to activate NFκB, BDNF/CREB and the canonical WNT signaling pathways, as well as the possible morphological and functional effects of this injection. Results suggested that OUA changed the cellular microenvironment in favor to the activation of the proposed pathways leading to increased dendritic branching in CA1 and DG neurons, with spatial reference memory improvement and worsening of long-term memory extinction. Furthermore, OUA protected neurons from apoptosis stimulus triggered by excitotoxicity. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/22844-0 - Study of the molecular mechanism activation of Wnt/Beta Catenin Signaling pathway by Ouabain in rat hippocampus.
Grantee:Ana Maria Marques Orellana
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate