Journal article

Short-term environmental enrichment, and not physical exercise, alleviate cognitive decline and anxiety from middle age onwards without affecting hippocampal gene expression

Gaurav Singhal, Julie Morgan, Magdalene C Jawahar, Frances Corrigan, Emily J Jaehne, Catherine Toben, James Breen, Stephen M Pederson, Anthony J Hannan, Bernhard T Baune

COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Physical exercise (PE) and environmental enrichment (EE) have consistently been shown to modulate behavior and neurobiological mechanisms. The current literature lacks evidence to confirm the relationship between PE and EE, if any, and whether short-term treatment with PE, EE, or PE+EE could be considered to correct age-related behavioral deficits. Three-, 8-, and 13-month-old C57BL/6 mice were assigned to either PE, EE, or PE+EE treatment groups (n = 12-16/group) for 4 weeks before behavioral testing and were compared to controls. Differential effects of the treatments on various behaviors and hippocampal gene expression were measured using an established behavioral battery and high-through..

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