Abstract Title:

Improves Recognition Memory and Induces Hippocampal and Cerebellar Neurogenesis in Frail Mice during Aging.

Abstract Source:

Nutrients. 2019 Mar 27 ;11(4). Epub 2019 Mar 27. PMID: 30934760

Abstract Author(s):

Daniela Ratto, Federica Corana, Barbara Mannucci, Erica Cecilia Priori, Filippo Cobelli, Elisa Roda, Beatrice Ferrari, Alessandra Occhinegro, Carmine Di Iorio, Fabrizio De Luca, Valentina Cesaroni, Carolina Girometta, Maria Grazia Bottone, Elena Savino, Hirokazu Kawagishi, Paola Rossi

Article Affiliation:

Daniela Ratto


Frailty is a geriatric syndrome associated with both locomotor and cognitive decline, implicated in both poor quality of life and negative health outcomes. One central question surrounding frailty is whether phenotypic frailty is associated with the cognitive impairment during aging. Using spontaneous behavioral tests and by studying the dynamic change during aging, we demonstrated that the two form of vulnerability, locomotor and recognition memory decline, develop in parallel and therefore, integration of the motoric and cognitive evaluations are imperative. We developed an integrated frailty index based on both phenotypic and recognition memory performances.() is a medicinal mushroom that improves recognition memory in mice. By using HPLC-UV-ESI/MS analyses we obtained standardized amounts of erinacine A and hericenones C and D inextracts, that were tested in our animal model of physiological aging. Two-month oral supplementation withreversed the age-decline of recognition memory. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and doublecortin (DCX) immunohistochemistry in the hippocampus and cerebellum in treated mice supported a positive effect of anon neurogenesis in frail mice.

Study Type : Animal Study

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