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Learn Mem. 2010 May 21;17(6):280-3. doi: 10.1101/lm.1785510. Print 2010 Jun.

Dorsal hippocampal CREB is both necessary and sufficient for spatial memory.

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Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8, Canada.

Abstract

Although the transcription factor CREB has been widely implicated in memory, whether it is sufficient to produce spatial memory under conditions that do not normally support memory formation in mammals is unknown. We found that locally and acutely increasing CREB levels in the dorsal hippocampus using viral vectors is sufficient to induce robust spatial memory in two conditions that do not normally support spatial memory, weakly trained wild-type (WT) mice and strongly trained mutant mice with a brain-wide disruption of CREB function. Together with previous results, these findings indicate that CREB is both necessary and sufficient for spatial memory formation, and highlight its pivotal role in the hippocampal molecular machinery underlying the formation of spatial memory.

PMID:
20495061
DOI:
10.1101/lm.1785510
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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