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Type: Journal article
Title: Effect of dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on brain lipid fatty acid composition, learning ability, and memory of senescence-accelerated mouse
Author: Petursdottir, A.
Farr, S.
Morley, J.
Banks, W.
Skuladottir, G.
Citation: Journals of Gerontology Series A-Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 2008; 63(11):1153-1160
Publisher: Gerontological Society of America
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 1079-5006
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Anna L. Petursdottir, Susan A. Farr, John E. Morley, William A. Banks and Gudrun V. Skuladottir
Abstract: Animal studies have shown that a deficiency in brain of the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is associated with memory loss and diminished cognitive function. The senescence-accelerated prone 8 (SAMP8) mouse develops impairments in learning and memory at 8–12 months of age. The effect of diet supplemented with n-3 PUFA on brain phospholipid DHA status, learning, and memory ability in aged SAMP8 mice was investigated. At the age of 10 months, SAMP8 mice were fed either a low-DHA or a high-DHA diet for 8 weeks. In comparison to SAMP8 mice fed the low-DHA diet, those fed a high-DHA diet had improved acquisition and retention in a T-maze foot shock avoidance test and a higher proportion of DHA in hippocampal and amygdala phospholipids. This study demonstrates that, in mature animals, DHA is incorporated into brain phospholipids and that dietary n-3 PUFA is associated with delay in cognitive decline.
Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; n-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids; Docosahexaenoic acid; Hippocampus; Memory
Rights: Copyright 2008 by The Gerontological Society of America
RMID: 0020084601
DOI: 10.1093/gerona/63.11.1153
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