Impaired Memory in OT-II Transgenic Mice Is Associated with Decreased Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis Possibly Induced by Alteration in Th2 Cytokine Levels

  • Jeon, Seong Gak (Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Konyang University) ;
  • Kim, Kyoung Ah (Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Konyang University) ;
  • Chung, Hyunju (Department of Core Research Laboratory, Clinical Research Institute, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong) ;
  • Choi, Junghyun (Department of Core Research Laboratory, Clinical Research Institute, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong) ;
  • Song, Eun Ji (Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Konyang University) ;
  • Han, Seung-Yun (Department of Anatomy, College of Medicine, Konyang University) ;
  • Oh, Myung Sook (Department of Oriental Pharmaceutical Science, College of Pharmacy, Kyung Hee University) ;
  • Park, Jong Hwan (Laboratory Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Kim, Jin-il (Department of Nursing, College of Nursing, Jeju National University) ;
  • Moon, Minho (Department of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Konyang University)
  • Received : 2016.03.28
  • Accepted : 2016.05.31
  • Published : 2016.08.31


Recently, an increasing number of studies have focused on the effects of CD4+ T cell on cognitive function. However, the changes of Th2 cytokines in restricted CD4+ T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire model and their effects on the adult hippocampal neurogenesis and memory are not fully understood. Here, we investigated whether and how the mice with restricted CD4+ repertoire TCR exhibit learning and memory impairment by using OT-II mice. OT-II mice showed decreased adult neurogenesis in hippocampus and short- and long- term memory impairment. Moreover, Th2 cytokines in OT-II mice are significantly increased in peripheral organs and IL-4 is significantly increased in brain. Finally, IL-4 treatment significantly inhibited the proliferation of cultured adult rat hippocampal neural stem cells. Taken together, abnormal level of Th2 cytokines can lead memory dysfunction via impaired adult neurogenesis in OT-II transgenic.


Supported by : Konyang University


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