Nrf2 deletion results in imparied performance in memory tasks and hyperactivity in mature and aged mice

Mark M. Gergues, Anastasiya Moiseyenko, Syed Z. Saad, Ah Ng Kong, George C. Wagner

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Abstract

Oxidative stress has been implicated in both the functional and cognitive decline associated with neuropsychiatric diseases and aging. A master regulator of the body's defense mechanism against oxidative stress is nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (NRF2). Here we investigated the effects of NRF2 deletion on motor and cognitive performance in “Aged” mice (17–25 months old) as compared to “Mature” mice (3–15 months old). We observed that the Aged Nrf2−/− mice were hyperactive and exhibited impaired acquisition of an active avoidance response. Furthermore, the Mature mice also displayed a hyperactive phenotype and had impaired working memory in the probe trial of the water radial arm maze. Overall, it appears that NRF2 may be implicated in memory and activity functions and its deletion exacerbates deficits associated with aging. These observations provide a model for assessing the role of oxidative stress in age-related disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalBrain research
Volume1701
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 15 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

Keywords

  • Active avoidance
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nrf2
  • Oxidative stress

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