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Title

Different susceptibility to neurodegeneration of dorsal and ventral hippocampal dentate gyrus: A study with transgenic mice overexpressing GSK3β

AuthorsFuster-Matanzo, Almudena ; Llorens-Martín, M. ; Gómez de Barreda, Elena ; Ávila, Jesús ; Hernández Pérez, Félix
Issue Date3-Nov-2011
PublisherPublic Library of Science
CitationPLoS ONE 6(11): e27262 (2011)
AbstractDorsal hippocampal regions are involved in memory and learning processes, while ventral areas are related to emotional and anxiety processes. Hippocampal dependent memory and behaviour alterations do not always come out in neurodegenerative diseases at the same time. In this study we have tested the hypothesis that dorsal and ventral dentate gyrus (DG) regions respond in a different manner to increased glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β) levels in GSK3β transgenic mice, a genetic model of neurodegeneration. Reactive astrocytosis indicate tissue stress in dorsal DG, while ventral area does not show that marker. These changes occurred with a significant reduction of total cell number and with a significantly higher level of cell death in dorsal area than in ventral one as measured by fractin-positive cells. Biochemistry analysis showed higher levels of phosphorylated GSK3β in those residues that inactivate the enzyme in hippocampal ventral areas compared with dorsal area suggesting that the observed susceptibility is in part due to different GSK3 regulation. Previous studies carried out with this animal model had demonstrated impairment in Morris Water Maze and Object recognition tests point out to dorsal hippocampal atrophy. Here, we show that two tests used to evaluate emotional status, the light-dark box and the novelty suppressed feeding test, suggest that GSK3β mice do not show any anxiety-related disorder. Thus, our results demonstrate that in vivo overexpression of GSK3β results in dorsal but not ventral hippocampal DG neurodegeneration and suggest that both areas do not behave in a similar manner in neurodegenerative processes.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/127143
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0027262
Identifiersdoi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0027262
issn: 1932-6203
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