5 years ago

Dopamine D4 receptor activation restores CA1 LTP in hippocampal slices from aged mice

Fangli Guo, Martin Vreugdenhil, Dandan Zhao, Zhiwei Feng, Jiangang Wang, Jianhua Zhao, Chengbiao Lu, Xiaofang Wang
Normal aging is characterized with a decline in hippocampal memory functions that is associated with changes in long-term potentiation (LTP) of the CA3-to-CA1 synapse. Age-related deficit of the dopaminergic system may contribute to impairment of CA1 LTP. Here we assessed how the modulation of CA1 LTP by dopamine is affected by aging and how it is dependent on the Ca2+ source. In slices from adult mice, the initial slope of the field potential showed strong LTP, but in slices from aged mice LTP was impaired. Dopamine did not affect LTP in adult slices, but enhanced LTP in aged slices. The dopamine D1/D5 receptor (D1R/D5R) agonist SKF-81297 did not affect LTP in adult but caused a relative small increase in LTP in aged slices; however, although there was no difference in dopamine D4 receptor (D4R) expression, the D4R agonist PD168077 increased LTP in aged slices to a magnitude similar to that in adult slices. The N-Methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonist D-AP5 reduced LTP in adult slices, but not in aged slices. However, in the presence of D-AP5, PD168077 completely blocked LTP in aged slices. The voltage-dependent calcium channel (VDCC) blocker nifedipine reduced LTP in adult slices, but surprisingly enhanced LTP in aged slices. Furthermore, in the presence of nifedipine, PD168077 caused a strong enhancement of LTP in aged slices to a magnitude exceeding LTP in adult slices. Our results indicate that the full rescue of impaired LTP in aging by the selective D4R activation and that a large potentiation role on LTP by co-application of D4R agonist and VDCC blocker may provide novel strategies for the intervention of cognitive decline of aging and age-related diseases.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1111/acel.12666

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