A progressive decline of cognitive and memory functions, compared to the average young-life performance, characterizes brain aging. The changes in performance may depend upon altered activity of neurotransmitters acting on attention and memory trace formation (acetylcholine, catecholamines, glutamate, for example) or the failure of the transduction mechanisms linked to receptor activation. One of the fundamental cellular changes associated with brain aging is the alteration of mechanisms involving the activity of the calcium-phospholipid-dependent protein kinase C (PKC). A crucial event for the activation of protein kinase C is its translocation from the cytosol to different intracellular sites and recent studies have demonstrated the key role played by several anchoring proteins in this mechanism. The defective activation of PKC-dependent pathways during aging is due to a defective mechanism of translocation of the kinase because of reduced levels of the major anchoring protein RACK-1 (receptor for activated C kinase). Pharmacological strategies aimed at the correction of age-associated memory deficits have been mostly focused on neurotransmitters using direct or indirect agonists. More recently, attention has been paid to the memory enhancing properties of some steroid hormones, namely 'neurosteroids'. Among these the activities of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), pregnenolone (PREG) and their sulfates, have been extensively studied. These neuroactive steroids, can regulate neuronal function through their concurrent influence on transmitter-gated ion channels and gene expression. We addressed the possibility that DHEA, among other neurosteroids, could modulate directly the age-associated impairment of PKC signal transduction and provide experimental evidence that DHEA can revert the alteration of RACK-1 anchoring protein expression.
|Titolo:||Dehydroepiandrosterone and the relationship with aging and memory: A possible link with protein kinase C functional machinery|
|Parole Chiave:||Aging; Anchoring protien; Dehydroepiandrosterone; Memory; Protien kinase C|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||nov-2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0165-0173(01)00132-1|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|