Long-term potentiation and the ageing brain

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Ageing is associated with learning and memory impairments. Data are reviewed that suggest that age-related impairments of hippocampal-dependent forms of memory, may be caused, in part, by altered synaptic plasticity mechanisms in the hippocampus, including long-term potentiation (LTP). To the extent that the mechanisms responsible for LTP can be understood, it may be possible to develop therapeutic approaches to alleviate memory decline in normal ageing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)765-772
Number of pages8
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1432
StatePublished - Apr 29 2003


  • Ageing
  • Hippocampus
  • Learning
  • Long-term potentiation
  • Memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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