Long-term exercise modulates hippocampal gene expression in senescent female mice

María Jesús Alvarez-López, Marco Castro-Freire, Marta Cosín-Tomás, Sandra Sanchez-Roige, Jaume F. Lalanza, Jaume Del Valle, Marcelina Párrizas, Antonio Camins, Merce Pallás, Rosa María Escorihuela, Perla Kaliman

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The senescence-accelerated SAMP8 mouse is considered a useful non-transgenic model for studying aspects of progressive cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using SAMR1 mice as controls, here we explored the effects of 6 months of voluntary wheel running in 10-month-old female SAMP8 mice. Exercise in SAMP8 mice improved phenotypic features associated with premature aging (i.e., skin color and body tremor) and enhanced vascularization and BDNF gene expression in the hippocampus compared with controls. With the aim of identifying genes involved in brain aging responsive to long-term exercise, we performed whole genome microarray studies in hippocampus from sedentary SAMP8 (P8sed), SAMR1 (R1sed), and exercised SAMP8 (P8run) mice. The genes differentially expressed in P8sed versus R1sed were considered as putative aging markers (i) and those differentially expressed in P8run versus P8sed were considered as genes modulated by exercise (ii). Genes differentially expressed in both comparisons (i and ii) were considered as putative aging genes responsive to physical exercise. We identified 34 genes which met both criteria. Gene ontology analysis revealed that they are mainly involved in functions related to extracellular matrix maintenance. Selected genes were validated by real-time quantitative PCR assays, i.e., collagen type 1 alpha 1 (col1a1), collagen type 1 alpha 2 (col1a2), fibromodulin (fmod), prostaglandin D(2) synthase (ptgds), and aldehyde dehydrogenase (Aldh1a2). As a whole, our study suggests that exercise training during adulthood may prevent or delay gene expression alterations and processes associated with hippocampal aging in at-risk subjects. © 2013 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1190
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • SAMP8
  • brain
  • exercise
  • gene
  • long-term
  • mice
  • microarrays
  • voluntary


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