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ERIC Number: EJ1150300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 6
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ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
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AMPA Receptors Control Fear Extinction through an Arc-Dependent Mechanism
Trent, Simon; Barnes, Philip; Hall, Jeremy; Thomas, Kerrie L.
Learning & Memory, v24 n8 p375-380 Aug 2017
Activity-regulated cytoskeleton-associated protein (Arc) supports fear memory through synaptic plasticity events requiring actin cytoskeleton rearrangements. We have previously shown that reducing hippocampal Arc levels through antisense knockdown leads to the premature extinction of contextual fear. Here we show that the AMPA receptor antagonist CNQX elevates hippocampal Arc levels during extinction and blocks extinction that can be rescued by reducing Arc. Increasing Arc levels with CNQX also overcomes the actin-destabilizing properties of cytochalasin D and promotes extinction. Therefore, extinction is dependent on AMPA-mediated reductions of Arc via a mechanism consistent with a role for Arc in stabilizing the actin cytoskeleton to constrain extinction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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