Forebrain neurone-specific deletion of insulin-regulated aminopeptidase causes age related deficits in memory

Holly R. Yeatman, Anthony L. Albiston, Peta Burns, Siew Yeen Chai

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Central infusion of Insulin-Regulated Aminopeptidase (IRAP) inhibitors improves memory in both normal rodents and in models of memory deficit. However, in contrast, the global IRAP knockout mice (KO) demonstrate age-accelerated spatial memory deficits and no improvements in performance in any memory tasks. Potentially, the observed memory deficit could be due to the absence of IRAP in the developing brain. We therefore generated a postnatal forebrain neuron-specific IRAP knockout mouse line (CamKIIalphaCre; IRAPlox/lox). Unexpectedly, we demonstrated that postnatal deletion of IRAP in the brain results in significant deficits in both spatial reference and object recognition memory at three months of age, although spatial working memory remained intact. These results indicate a significant role for IRAP in postnatal brain development and normal function of the hippocampus in adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalNeurobiology of Learning and Memory
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Aminopeptidase
  • Angiotensin IV
  • Forebrain
  • IRAP
  • Memory

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