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TRPC3 channels critically regulate hippocampal excitability and contextual fear memory. Behav Brain Res 2015 Mar 15;281:69-77 PMID: 25513972 PMCID: PMC4677051


Memory formation requires de novo protein synthesis, and memory disorders may result from misregulated synthesis of critical proteins that remain largely unidentified. Plasma membrane ion channels and receptors are likely candidates given their role in regulating neuron excitability, a candidate memory mechanism. Here we conduct targeted molecular monitoring and quantitation of hippocampal plasma membrane proteins from mice with intact or impaired contextual fear memory to identify putative candidates. Here we report contextual fear memory deficits correspond to increased Trpc3 gene and protein expression, and demonstrate TRPC3 regulates hippocampal neuron excitability associated with memory function. These data provide a mechanistic explanation for enhanced contextual fear memory reported herein following knockdown of TRPC3 in hippocampus. Collectively, TRPC3 modulates memory and may be a feasible target to enhance memory and treat memory disorders.

Author List

Neuner SM, Wilmott LA, Hope KA, Hoffmann B, Chong JA, Abramowitz J, Birnbaumer L, O'Connell KM, Tryba AK, Greene AS, Savio Chan C, Kaczorowski CC


Andrew S. Greene PhD Interim Vice Chair, Chief, Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Brian R. Hoffmann PhD Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Conditioning (Psychology)
Extinction, Psychological
Mice, 129 Strain
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Mice, Inbred DBA
Mice, Knockout
TRPC Cation Channels

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