Advanced Search
Meiri, N., Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Masos, T., Department of Biochemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Rosenblum, K., Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Miskin, R., Department of Biochemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Dudai, Y., Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Transgenic mice designated αMUPA overproduce in the brain murine urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), an extracellular protease implicated in tissue remodeling. We have now localized, by in situ hybridization, extensive signal of uPA mRNA in the αMUPA cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala, sites that were not labeled in counterpart wild- type mice. Furthermore, biochemical measurements reveal a remarkably high level of enzymatic activity of uPA in the cortex and hippocampus of αMUPA compared with wild-type mice. We have used the αMUPA mice to examine whether the abnormal level of uPA in the cortex and the limbic system affects learning ability. We report that αMUPA mice perform poorly in tasks of spatial, olfactory, and taste-aversion learning, while displaying normal sensory and motor capabilities. Our results suggest that uPA is involved in neural processes subserving a variety of learning types.
Powered by ClearMash Solutions Ltd -
Volcani treasures
About
Terms of use
Overexpression of urokinase-type plasminogen activator in transgenic mice is correlated with impaired learning
91
Meiri, N., Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Masos, T., Department of Biochemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Rosenblum, K., Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Miskin, R., Department of Biochemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Dudai, Y., Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Overexpression of urokinase-type plasminogen activator in transgenic mice is correlated with impaired learning
Transgenic mice designated αMUPA overproduce in the brain murine urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), an extracellular protease implicated in tissue remodeling. We have now localized, by in situ hybridization, extensive signal of uPA mRNA in the αMUPA cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala, sites that were not labeled in counterpart wild- type mice. Furthermore, biochemical measurements reveal a remarkably high level of enzymatic activity of uPA in the cortex and hippocampus of αMUPA compared with wild-type mice. We have used the αMUPA mice to examine whether the abnormal level of uPA in the cortex and the limbic system affects learning ability. We report that αMUPA mice perform poorly in tasks of spatial, olfactory, and taste-aversion learning, while displaying normal sensory and motor capabilities. Our results suggest that uPA is involved in neural processes subserving a variety of learning types.
Scientific Publication
You may also be interested in