Title

Role of GABAB receptors in learning and memory and neurological disorders

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Publication Title

Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd

Volume

63

First page number:

1

Last page number:

28

Abstract

Although it is evident from the literature that altered GABAB receptor function does affect behavior, these results often do not correspond well. These differences could be due to the task protocol, animal strain, ligand concentration, or timing of administration utilized. Because several clinical populations exhibit learning and memory deficits in addition to altered markers of GABA and the GABAB receptor, it is important to determine whether altered GABAB receptor function is capable of contributing to the deficits. The aim of this review is to examine the effect of altered GABAB receptor function on synaptic plasticity as demonstrated by in vitro data, as well as the effects on performance in learning and memory tasks. Finally, data regarding altered GABA and GABAB receptor markers within clinical populations will be reviewed. Together, the data agree that proper functioning of GABAB receptors is crucial for numerous learning and memory tasks and that targeting this system via pharmaceuticals may benefit several clinical populations. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords

Cognition; GABAB receptor; Learning and memory; Neuropsychological disorders

Language

English

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