No Stressing About Memory: An Investigation of Allopregnanolone and Nitric Oxide Effects on Long-Term Potentiation

Doctoral Dissertation


The mechanisms of long-term potentiation were investigated in two sets of experiments. The first determined the effects of the neurosteroid allopregnanolone on long-term potentiation. Results revealed that allopregnanolone inhibits long-term potentiation primarily through its actions on the GABAA receptor. The second experiment used fluorescence microscopy to create a temporal analysis of nitric oxide synthesis in response to high-frequency stimulation and found that the concentration of nitric oxide increased at two separate time periods following the induction of long-term potentiation. These findings explain how it is possible for nitric oxide to be important for increased glutamate release during the initiation of long-term potentiation, as well as gene transcription during later stages. Future research should utilize the methods created in this study to further increase the knowledge of long-term potentiation, as well as determine the mechanisms behind abnormal nitric oxide levels found in various neurological diseases.


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Author M. Windy McNerney
Advisor Gabriel Radvansky
Contributor Gabriel Radvansky, Research Director
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name Doctor of Philosophy
Defense Date
  • 2012-04-04

Submission Date 2012-04-08
  • fluorescence microscopy

  • long-term potentiation

  • nitric oxide

  • memory

  • allopregnanolone

  • English

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Embargo Release Date
  • 2016-04-18

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