Memory and synaptic plasticity are impaired by dysregulated hippocampal O-GlcNAcylation.
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Scientific reports, ISSN: 2045-2322, Vol: 7, Issue: 1, Page: 44921
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O-GlcNAcylated proteins are abundant in the brain and are associated with neuronal functions and neurodegenerative diseases. Although several studies have reported the effects of aberrant regulation of O-GlcNAcylation on brain function, the roles of O-GlcNAcylation in synaptic function remain unclear. To understand the effect of aberrant O-GlcNAcylation on the brain, we used Oga mice which have an increased level of O-GlcNAcylation, and found that Oga mice exhibited impaired spatial learning and memory. Consistent with this result, Oga mice showed a defect in hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Oga heterozygosity causes impairment of both long-term potentiation and long-term depression due to dysregulation of AMPA receptor phosphorylation. These results demonstrate a role for hyper-O-GlcNAcylation in learning and memory.