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Hippocampus. 1997;7(6):602-12.

Age-associated changes in Ca(2+)-dependent processes: relation to hippocampal synaptic plasticity.

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Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22903, USA. TCF5A@Virginia.EDU


Altered calcium (Ca2+) homeostasis is thought to play a key role in aging and neuropathology resulting in memory deficits. Several forms of hippocampal synaptic plasticity are dependent on Ca2+, providing a potential link between altered Ca2+ homeostasis and memory deficits associated with aging. The current study reviews evidence for Ca2+ dysregulation during aging which could interact with Ca(2+)-dependent synaptic plasticity. The authors suggest that changes in Ca2+ regulation could adjust the thresholds for synaptic modification, favoring processes for depression of synaptic strength during aging.

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