Apelin-13 enhances contextual fear extinction in rats.

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Summary of "Apelin-13 enhances contextual fear extinction in rats."

Fear extinction is considered as a new learning process that is valid to model features of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The neuropeptide apelin, such as apelin-13, apelin-17 and apelin-36, are endogenous ligands of the G-protein coupled receptor APJ. Apelin and its receptor APJ are widely distributed in the central nervous system. Accumulating evidence suggests the critical role of apelin-13 in modulation of learning and memory, however, its specific role in fear extinction remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effect of apelin-13 administration on contextual fear extinction in rats. The behavioral procedure included four sessions: habitation, conditioning, extinction training and extinction recall. Rats received intracerebroventricular infusion of apelin-13 (3 or 6 μg) 0.5 h prior to the extinction training. Percentage of freezing was utilized to assess the conditioned fear response. Results showed that apelin-13, with the dose of 6 but not 3 μg, significantly decreased freezing response during both extinction training and extinction recall test sessions. Furthermore, apelin-13 did not affect the levels of baseline freezing, locomotor activity and anxiety. The results suggest that apelin-13 dose-dependently enhances contextual fear extinction, and may function as a novel target for treatment of PTSD.


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Name: Neuroscience letters
ISSN: 1872-7972
Pages: 134487


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A 77 amino acid secreted endogenous ligand for the angiotensin II receptor-like 1 protein (APELIN RECEPTOR) that is proteolytically cleaved into four smaller peptides: Apelin-36, Apelin-31, Apelin-28, and Apelin-13. It inhibits entry of HIV into cells that express both APJ and CD4 ANTIGEN and is highly expressed in breast milk, where it may modulate the neonatal immune response.

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