Lisa M Rattiner

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and its receptor, tyrosine kinase receptor B (TrkB), play a critical role in activity-dependent synaptic plasticity and have been implicated as mediators of hippocampal-dependent learning and memory. The present study is the first to demonstrate a role for BDNF and TrkB in amygdala-dependent learning. Here, the use(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been implicated as a molecular mediator of learning and memory. The BDNF gene contains four differentially regulated promoters that generate four distinct mRNA transcripts, each containing a unique noncoding 5'-exon and a common 3'-coding exon. This study describes novel evidence for the differential usage of(More)
The contribution to fear and fear learning of amygdala Group II metabotropic glutamate receptors was examined in rats. Pretest intra-amygdala infusions of the Group II receptor agonist LY354740 (0.3 or 1.0 microg/side) significantly disrupted fear-potentiated startle. The same rats were unimpaired when later tested without drug. The Group II receptor(More)
The neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has recently emerged as a possible molecular mediator of activity-dependent synaptic plasticity underlying learning and memory. Long-term potentiation (LTP) within the hippocampus and hippocampally dependent behaviors has been the primary model for examining the role of BDNF in learning and memory.(More)
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