Bidirectional regulation of emotional memory by 5-HT 1B receptors involves hippocampal p11

T. M. Eriksson, A. Alvarsson, T. L. Stan, X. Zhang, K. N. Hascup, E. R. Hascup, J. Kehr, G. A. Gerhardt, J. Warner-Schmidt, M. Arango-Lievano, M. G. Kaplitt, S. O. Ögren, P. Greengard, P. Svenningsson

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Cognitive impairments are common in depression and involve dysfunctional serotonin neurotransmission. The 5-HT 1B receptor (5-HT 1B R) regulates serotonin transmission, via presynaptic receptors, but can also affect transmitter release at heterosynaptic sites. This study aimed at investigating the roles of the 5-HT 1B R, and its adapter protein p11, in emotional memory and object recognition memory processes by the use of p11 knockout (p11KO) mice, a genetic model for aspects of depression-related states. 5-HT 1B R agonist treatment induced an impairing effect on emotional memory in wild type (WT) mice. In comparison, p11KO mice displayed reduced long-term emotional memory performance. Unexpectedly, 5-HT 1B R agonist stimulation enhanced memory in p11KO mice, and this atypical switch was reversed after hippocampal adeno-associated virus mediated gene transfer of p11. Notably, 5-HT 1B R stimulation increased glutamatergic neurotransmission in the hippocampus in p11KO mice, but not in WT mice, as measured by both pre-and postsynaptic criteria. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy demonstrated global hippocampal reductions of inhibitory GABA, which may contribute to the memory enhancement and potentiation of pre-and post-synaptic measures of glutamate transmission by a 5-HT 1B R agonist in p11KO mice. It is concluded that the level of hippocampal p11 determines the directionality of 5-HT 1B R action on emotional memory processing and modulates hippocampal functionality. These results emphasize the importance of using relevant disease models when evaluating the role of serotonin neurotransmission in cognitive deficits related to psychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1096-1105
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Psychiatry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


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