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Keiko Suzuki, Fumihiko Maekawa, Shingo Suzuki, Tomoharu Nakamori, Hayato Sugiyama, Tomoyuki Kanamatsu, Kohichi Tanaka and Hiroko Ohki-Hamazaki Elevated expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor facilitates visual imprinting in chicks Journal of Neurochemistry 123

Article first published online: 25 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/jnc.12039

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BDNF facilitates imprinting behavior in chicks

BDNF is one of the plasticity related molecules and implicated in learning and memory. Here we studied its role in imprinting, an ideal model of juvenile learning. Expression of BDNF is enhanced during the critical period, increased upon imprinting learning, and BDNF injection in HDCo, a center of visual imprinting, facilitates memory formation. These results suggest that BDNF regulates learning efficiency in early childhood.

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