Vanessa Athaíde Garcia

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Many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's (AD), Parkinson's (PD) and Huntington's diseases (HD), are caused by different mechanisms but may share a common pathway to neuronal injury as a result of the overstimulation of glutamate receptors. It has been suggested that this pathway can be involved in generation of cognitive deficits associated(More)
Iron accumulation in the brain has been associated to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. We have previously demonstrated that iron overload in the neonatal period results in severe and persistent memory deficits in adult rats. Alterations in histone acetylation have been associated with memory deficits in models of neurological disorders. Here(More)
Increasing evidence indicates that iron deposition in the brain might play a role in cognitive dysfunction associated with neurodegenerative disorders and aging. Previous studies have not examined whether iron-induced memory deficits can be attenuated by acute treatments with memory-enhancing agents. Phosphodiesterase type 4 (PDE4) inhibitors such as(More)
Here we show that a systemic injection of the histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) sodium butyrate (NaB) ameliorated an aging-associated deficit in object recognition memory in rats when the injection was given immediately, but not 6h after training. NaB had no effect in younger rats with normal memory retention. The results indicate that HDACis can(More)
The role of dopamine receptors in regulating the formation of recognition memory remains poorly understood. Here we show the effects of systemic administration of dopamine receptor agonists and antagonists on the formation of memory for novel object recognition in rats. In Experiment I, rats received an intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of vehicle, the(More)
Cannabidiol, the main nonpsychotropic constituent of Cannabis sativa, possesses a large number of pharmacological effects including anticonvulsive, sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective, as demonstrated in clinical and preclinical studies. Many neurodegenerative disorders involve cognitive deficits, and this(More)
It is now generally accepted that iron accumulates in the brain during the ageing process. Increasing evidence demonstrate that iron accumulation in selective regions of the brain may generate free radicals, thereby possessing implications for the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders. In a previous study we have reported that aged rats present(More)
Extensive evidence indicates that epinephrine (EPI) modulates memory consolidation for emotionally arousing tasks in animals and human subjects. However, previous studies have not examined the effects of EPI on consolidation of recognition memory. Here we report that systemic administration of EPI enhances consolidation of memory for a novel object(More)
Increased levels of iron in brain regions have been reported in neurodegenerative disorders as well as in normal brain aging. We have previously demonstrated that neonatal iron loading induces cognitive impairment in adult rats. Here, we evaluate the effects of neonatal iron treatment on cognition in aged rats. We also investigated the effects of a late(More)
We have previously shown that pharmacological blockade of the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) during the neonatal period in rats produces behavioral features of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we show that social interaction deficits in this model are reversed by the atypical antipsychotic clozapine given in the adulthood. In(More)