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ERIC Number: EJ838116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) Inhibition Enhances Memory Acquisition through Activation of PPAR-alpha Nuclear Receptors
Mazzola, Carmen; Medalie, Julie; Scherma, Maria; Panlilio, Leigh V.; Solinas, Marcello; Tanda, Gianluigi; Drago, Filippo; Cadet, Jean Lud; Goldberg, Steven R.; Yasar, Sevil
Learning & Memory, v16 n5 p332-337 May 2009
Inhibitors of fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) increase endogenous levels of anandamide (a cannabinoid CB[subscript 1]-receptor ligand) and oleoylethanolamide and palmitoylethanolamide (OEA and PEA, ligands for alpha-type peroxisome proliferator-activated nuclear receptors, PPAR-alpha) when and where they are naturally released in the brain. Using a passive-avoidance task in rats, we found that memory acquisition was enhanced by the FAAH inhibitor URB597 or by the PPAR-alpha agonist WY14643, and these enhancements were blocked by the PPAR-alpha antagonist MK886. These findings demonstrate novel mechanisms for memory enhancement by activation of PPAR-alpha, either directly by administering a PPAR[alpha agonist or indirectly by administering a FAAH inhibitor. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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