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Cellular prion protein ablation impairs behavior as a function of age

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Coitinho‚ A.S. ; Roesler‚ R. ; Martins‚ V.R. ; Brentani‚ R.R. ; Izquierdo‚ I.
Número total de Autores: 5
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Neuroreport; v. 14, n. 10, p. 1375-1379, 2003.

Cellular prion protein (PrPc) has been associated with some physiological functions in recent reports. Here we investigate behavioral parameters in 3- and 9-month-old mice lacking PrPc protein (Prnp(0/0)) and in rats after intrahippocampal administration of affinity purified anti-PrPc IgG (0.09 mug/side). No differences were observed between 3-month-old animals. However, 9-month-old Prnp(0/0) mice and rats infused with anti-PrPc antibody showed a clear impairment of short- and long-term memory retention of a step-down inhibitory avoidance task. A decreased locomotor activity during exploration of an open field was also observed. These results suggest that systems involved in memory formation become more susceptible to mechanisms that require PrPc between the ages of 3 and 9 months in both mice and rats. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 99/07124-8 - Papel da proteína prion celular em processos fisiológicos e patológicos
Beneficiário:Vilma Regina Martins
Modalidade de apoio: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático