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ERIC Number: EJ916901
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Endurance Factors Improve Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Spatial Memory in Mice
Kobilo, Tali; Yuan, Chunyan; van Praag, Henriette
Learning & Memory, v18 n2 p103-107 Feb 2011
Physical activity improves learning and hippocampal neurogenesis. It is unknown whether compounds that increase endurance in muscle also enhance cognition. We investigated the effects of endurance factors, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor [delta] agonist GW501516 and AICAR, activator of AMP-activated protein kinase on memory and neurogenesis. Mice were injected with GW for 7 d or AICAR for 7 or 14 d. Two weeks thereafter mice were tested in the Morris water maze. AICAR (7 d) and GW improved spatial memory. Moreover, AICAR significantly, and GW modestly, elevated dentate gyrus neurogenesis. Thus, pharmacological activation of skeletal muscle may mediate cognitive effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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