Journal article

Hippocampal NMDA receptor subunit expression and watermaze learning in estrogen deficient female mice

WC Boon, J Diepstraten, J van der Burg, MEE Jones, ER Simpson, M van den Buuse

MOLECULAR BRAIN RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2005

Abstract

The aromatase knockout (ArKO) mouse is estrogen deficient. Using reverse-transcription and real-time PCR, we showed that transcript levels of the N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunit NR2B are significantly higher in the hippocampus of female ArKO mice compared to wild-type (WT) littermates. Expression levels of NR1, NR2A, but not NR2C, also tended to be higher in ArKO mice. In the Morris watermaze test for spatial memory, both genotypes displayed equal significant improvement in the latency in locating the invisible platform over the 5-day training period. These findings show that selective loss of estrogen synthesis is associated with changes in NMDA receptor subunit expression in t..

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