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Neuron. 1996 Sep;17(3):475-82.

Activity-dependent beta-adrenergic modulation of low frequency stimulation induced LTP in the hippocampal CA1 region.

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Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles 90024, USA.


beta-Adrenergic receptor activation has a central role in the enhancement of memory formation that occurs during heightened states of emotional arousal. Although beta-adrenergic receptor activation may enhance memory formation by modulating long-term potentiation (LTP), a candidate synaptic mechanism involved in memory formation, the cellular basis of this modulation is not fully understood. Here, we report that, in the CA1 region of the hippocampus, beta-adrenergic receptor activation selectively enables the induction of LTP during long trains of 5 Hz synaptic stimulation. Protein phosphatase inhibitors mimic the effects of beta-adrenergic receptor activation on 5 Hz stimulation-induced LTP, suggesting that activation of noradrenergic systems during emotional arousal may enhance memory formation by inhibiting protein phosphatases that normally oppose the induction of LTP.

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