Jorge R Bergado-Acosta

Jorge R Bergado-Acosta
Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology | LIN · Cellular Neuroscience

PhD. Neurobiology

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Duplications and deletions of short chromosomal fragments are increasingly recognized as the cause for rare neurodevelopmental conditions and disorders. The NDR2 gene encodes a protein kinase important for neuronal development and is part of a microduplication region on chromosome 12 that is associated with intellectual disabilities, autism and epi...
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Relief learning is the association of environmental cues with the cessation of aversive events. While there is increasing knowledge about the neural circuitry mediating relief learning, the respective molecular pathways are not known. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to examine different putative molecular pathways underlying relief lear...
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Experimental evidence in rodents and humans suggests that long-term memory consolidation can be enhanced by the exploration of a novel environment presented during a vulnerable early phase of consolidation. This memory enhancing effect (behavioral tagging) is caused by dopaminergic and noradrenergic neuromodulation of hippocampal plasticity process...
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Proteolysis as mediated by one of the major cellular protein degradation pathways, the ubiquitin–proteasome system (UPS), plays an essential role in learning and memory formation. However, the functional relevance of immunoproteasomes in the healthy brain and especially their impact on normal brain function including processes of learning and memor...
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Humans and animals are able to associate an environmental cue with the feeling of relief from an aversive event, a phenomenon called relief learning. Relief from an aversive event is rewarding and a relief-associated cue later induces an attenuation of the startle magnitude or approach behavior. Previous studies demonstrated that the nucleus accumb...
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Aversive events induce aversive memories (fear learning) and can also establish appetitive memories. This is the case for cues associated with the cessation of an aversive event (relief learning) or occurring in an explicitly unpaired fashion (safety learning). However, the neural basis of relief and safety learning is poorly understood. In particu...
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Pharmacological evidence suggests that the neuropeptide somatostatin (SST) exerts anxiolytic action via the amygdala, but findings concerning the putative role of endogenous SST in the regulation of emotional responses are contradictory. We hypothesized that an endogenous regulation of SST expression over the course of the day may determine its fun...
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Circadian fluctuations of fear and anxiety symptoms are observable in persons with post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety and panic disorder; however, the underlying neurobiological mechanisms are not sufficiently understood. In the present study, we investigated the putative role of inhibitory neurotransmission in the circadian fluctu...
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During Pavlovian fear conditioning, stimuli predicting aversive events are learned as fear stimuli. However, what happens if the to-be-learned stimulus follows the aversive event, in the moment of relief? Such a stimulus can also be learned, however, the stimulus does later not induce fear responses but appetitive responses like approach behavior o...
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The dynamic re-arrangement of actin filaments is an essential process in the plasticity of synaptic connections during memory formation. In this study, we determined in mice effects of actin filament arrest in the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA) at different time points after memory acquisition and re-activation, using the fungal cytotoxi...
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In the work presented here, I investigated the role of rhythmically synchronized network activity of the theta frequency range in amygdalo-hippocampus pathways during the formation and expression of learned fear. In particular, I focused on the contribution of GABAergic mechanisms to these activities. To this end I used classical fear conditioning,...
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Evidence suggests that the neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is an important molecular constituent of adaptive and maladaptive circuit (re-)organization in the central nervous system. Here, we further investigate its putative involvement in amygdala and hippocampus functions during context fear memory formation. Using laser capture microdissecti...
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Extinction procedures are clinically relevant for reducing pathological fear, and the mechanisms of fear regulation are a subject of intense research. The amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex (PFC) have all been suggested to be key brain areas in extinction of conditioned fear. GABA has particularly been implicated in extinction learning, a...
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Neuropeptide S (NPS) and its receptor are thought to define a set of specific brain circuits involved in fear and anxiety. Here we provide evidence for a novel, NPS-responsive circuit that shapes neural activity in the mouse basolateral amygdala (BLA) via the endopiriform nucleus (EPN). Using slice preparations, we demonstrate that NPS directly act...
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Evidence suggests that plasticity of the amygdalar and hippocampal GABAergic system is critical for fear memory formation. In this study we investigated in wild-type and genetically manipulated mice the role of the activity-dependent 65-kDa isozyme of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65) in the consolidation and generalization of conditioned fear. F...
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The amygdala and the hippocampus are critically involved in the formation and retention of fear memories. However, their precise contribution to, and their interplay during, fear memory formation are not fully understood. In the present study we investigated network activities in the amygdalo-hippocampal system of freely behaving mice at different...

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