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ERIC Number: EJ943967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Context Fear Learning Specifically Activates Distinct Populations of Neurons in Amygdala and Hypothalamus
Trogrlic, Lidia; Wilson, Yvette M.; Newman, Andrew G.; Murphy, Mark
Learning & Memory, v18 n10 p678-687 Oct 2011
The identity and distribution of neurons that are involved in any learning or memory event is not known. In previous studies, we identified a discrete population of neurons in the lateral amygdala that show learning-specific activation of a c-"fos"-regulated transgene following context fear conditioning. Here, we have extended these studies to look throughout the amygdala for learning-specific activation. We identified two further neuronal populations, in the amygdalo-striatal transition area and medial amygdala, that show learning-specific activation. We also identified a population of hypothalamic neurons that show strong learning-specific activation. In addition, we asked whether these neurons are activated following recall of fear-conditioning memory. None of the populations of neurons we identified showed significant memory-recall-related activation. These findings suggest that a series of discrete populations of neurons are involved in fear learning in amygdala and hypothalamus. The lack of reactivation during memory recall suggests that these neurons either do not undergo substantial change following recall, or that c-"fos" is not involved in any such activation and change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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