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Learn Mem. 2006 Mar-Apr;13(2):114-8.

SGK protein kinase facilitates the expression of long-term potentiation in hippocampal neurons.

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  • 1Division of Neuroscience, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Previous studies showed that the serum- and glucocorticoid-inducible kinase (sgk) gene plays an important role in long-term memory formation. The present study further examined the role of SGK in long-term potentiation (LTP). The dominant-negative mutant of sgk, SGKS422A, was used to inactivate SGK. Results revealed a time-dependent increase in SGK phosphorylation after tetanization with a significant effect observed 3 h and 5 h later. Transfection of SGKS422A impaired the expression, but not the induction, of LTP. Furthermore, the constitutively active sgk, SGKS422D, up-regulated postsynaptic density-95 expression in the hippocampus. These results together support the role of SGK in neuronal plasticity.

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