SNAP-25 in hippocampal CA1 region is involved in memory consolidation

Qiuling Hou, Xiang Gao, Xuehan Zhang, Lingwei Kong, Xinming Wang, Wei Bian, Yanyang Tu, Meilei Jin, Guoping Zhao, Baoming Li, Naihe Jing, Lei Yu

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As a synaptosomal protein, SNAP-25 plays a role in a number of neuronal functions including axonal growth, dendrite formation, fusion of synaptic vesicles with membrane and the expression of long-term potentiation (LTP) in the hippocampus. Using a learning/memory behavior screening, we identified SNAP-25 as one of the differentially expressed genes in the hippocampus upon behavioral training. The inhibition of SNAP-25 with intracerebroventricular antisense oligonucleotide caused a deficit in long- but not short-term memory for step-down inhibitory avoidance. Intra-CA1 infusion of the SNAP-25 antisense oligonucleotide impaired long-term contextual fear memory and spatial memory and interfered with the LTP of synaptic transmission in the CA1 region. The inhibitory effect on LTP was not mediated by a pre-synaptic mechanism because paired pulse facilitation of synaptic transmission was not affected after administration of the antisense oligonucleotide. Together, the results suggest that SNAP-25 in the CA1 region is involved in memory consolidation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1593-1603
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)


  • Antisense oligonucleotides
  • Hippocampus
  • Long-term potentiation
  • Memory
  • Rat
  • SNAP-25


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