Accession Number : AD1030132

Title :   Zebrafish as a Model to Study NF1-Associated Learning Deficits

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,15 Apr 2014,14 Apr 2016

Corporate Author : University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia United States

Personal Author(s) : Granato,Michael

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Report Date : 01 Jul 2016

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a neurogenetic disorder best known to cause predisposition to central and peripheral nervous system tumors. At the same time, NF1 causes significant cognitive impairments, and 50-70% of children with NF1 exhibit cognitive dysfunction, most prominently scholastic under-performance characterized by attention deficit and learning disabilities. The NF1 protein govern distinct aspects of cognitive behavior: the NF1-GRD attenuates Ras-pathway and GABA signaling to regulate memory, while the NF1 C-terminal region activates adenylate cyclase - mediated cAMP homeostasis to govern learning. Despite clear evidence of cAMP-mediated learning in Drosophila Nf1 models, it is unclear whether NF1-dependent cAMP signaling is critical for vertebrate learning and/or memory. The aims of this proposal are to take advantage of the zebrafish system to 1) determine whether cAMP signaling contributes to NF1-dependent learning and memory in vertebrates and 2) identify compounds that attenuate the learning deficiency in NF1 through screening libraries of bioactive small molecules.

Descriptors :   fish , peripheral nervous system , learning , memory , dysfunction

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE