Attenuated lesion-induced N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) plasticity in the dentate gyrus of aged rats following perforant path lesions

Michelle M. Adams, Adam H. Gazzaley, John Morrison

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Young animals demonstrate a significant upregulation of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor 1 (NMDAR1) in the outer molecular layer (OML) of the dentate gyrus following a total unilateral ablation of the perforant path, and this response presumably facilitates a degree of functional recovery. Aged animals have attenuated responses to lesion-induced synaptic plasticity as compared with young subjects, and in fact display decreased synaptogenesis and sprouting following a unilateral perforant path lesion. To investigate the response of NMDAR1 in the dentate gyrus of aged animals to perforant path ablation, 24-month-old Sprague-Dawley male rats received a unilateral knife cut of the angular bundle. Our results demonstrated that aged animals displayed a blunted response to lesion-induced NMDA receptor-mediated plasticity, suggesting that aged animals have an impaired ability to respond to deafferentation through an increase in NMDA receptor levels in the deafferented zone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-249
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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