Accuracy of hippocampal network activity is disrupted by neuroinflammation: Rescue by memantine

Brain and Spinal Injury Center, University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Brain (Impact Factor: 9.2). 07/2009; 132(Pt 9):2464-77. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awp148
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Understanding how the hippocampus processes episodic memory information during neuropathological conditions is important for treatment and prevention applications. Previous data have shown that during chronic neuroinflammation the expression of the plasticity related behaviourally-induced immediate early gene Arc is altered within the CA3 and the dentate gyrus; both of these hippocampal regions show a pronounced increase in activated microglia. Low doses of memantine, a low to moderate affinity open channel uncompetitive N-Methyl-d-aspartate receptor antagonist, reduce neuroinflammation, return Arc expression to control levels and attenuate cognitive deficits induced by lipopolysaccharide. Here we investigate whether neuroinflammation affects the accuracy of information processing in the CA3 and CA1 hippocampal regions and if this is modified by memantine treatment. Using the immediate early gene-based brain-imaging method called cellular analysis of temporal activity by fluorescence in situ hybridization, it is possible to detect primary transcripts at the genomic alleles; this provides exceptional temporal and cellular resolution and facilitates the mapping of neuronal activity. Here, we use this method to compare the neuronal populations activated by two separate experiences in CA1 and CA3 and evaluate the accuracy of information processing during chronic neuroinflammation. Our results show that the CA3 pyramidal neuron activity is not stable between two exposures to the same environment context or two different contexts. CA1 networks, however, do not differ from control conditions. These data suggest that during chronic neuroinflammation, the CA3 networks show a disrupted ability to encode spatial information, and that CA1 neurons can work independently of CA3. Importantly, memantine treatment is able to partially normalize information processing in the hippocampus, suggesting that when given early during the development of the pathology memantine confers neuronal and cognitive protection while indirectly prevents pathological microglial activation.

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    • "However, its mechanisms of action on relieving cognitive and behavioral symptoms are unclear. Animal research shows that memantine, at doses comparable to those given to patients, can improve cognitive functions in normal animals (Parsons et al., 1999, 2007; but see Creeley et al., 2006), animal models of Alzheimer's disease (Martinez-Coria et al., 2010; Minkeviciene et al., 2004), depression (Quan et al., 2011), ischemia (Chen et al., 1998), and neuroinflammation (Rosi et al., 2009). Acute treatment with memantine restored an experience-dependent "
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    • "In addition, the probability that the same cells transcribed Arc in both epochs was significantly higher (P < 0.05) in all three hippocampal regions for both trained and na€ ıve rats in the no change conditions relative to the room change conditions, suggesting the same map was called up on successive T-maze exposures . This pattern of results is comparable to studies using separate environments (Guzowski et al., 1999; Vazdarjanova and Guzowski, 2004; Rosi et al., 2009; Hartzell et al., 2013). "
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