Protective effects of P2X7 receptor deletion on aging-related memory alterations

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Protective effects of P2X7 receptor deletion on aging-related memory alterations
S R Lee; W H Cho; Jae-Ran Lee; J S Han
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Genes & Genomics, vol. 38, pp. 459-465
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Neuroinflammation is one of the factors implicated in cognitive aging. Recent studies have shown that the P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is a major inflammatory regulator in microglia. The present study examined the effects of deletion of P2X7R on cognitive aging. Cognitive status was examined in 5-month-old (young) and 11- to 14-month-old (middle-aged) mice with P2X7R deletion (P2X7R knockout (KO)), and in age-matched control wild type mice, using the Morris water maze task. No differences were observed between the performances of young control mice and young P2X7R KO mice in the Morris water maze task. However, middle-aged P2X7R KO mice demonstrated better performance than middle-aged control mice. No differences were observed in hippocampal interleukin-1β levels and the number of microglial cells in the cornus ammonis (CA1) region of the hippocampus during microglial activation in young and middle-aged P2X7R KO mice, and control mice. Hippocampal levels of the inhibitory form of glycogen synthase kinase-3β were lower in young control mice than in mice in the other groups. These results suggest that the inhibition of P2X7R might have beneficial effects on aging-related cognitive impairments.
MemoryMicrogliaP2X7 receptorGSK3-βInflammation
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