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DPharm, University of Caen Basse-Normandie (2011)
Master Neurosciences, Universities of Caen and Rouen (2011)
PhD, Neuropharmacology, University of Caen Basse-Normandie (2014)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurocentre Magendie (2016-2018)

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07/03/2018 | Exp Gerontol   IF 3.1
Characterizing age-related decline of recognition memory and brain activation profile in mice.
Belblidia H, Leger M, Abdelmalek A, Quiedeville A, Calocer F, Boulouard M, Jozet-Alves C, Freret T, Schumann-Bard P

Episodic memory decline is one of the earlier deficits occurring during normal aging in humans. The question of spatial versus non-spatial sensitivity to age-related memory decline is of importance for a full understanding of these changes. Here, we characterized the effect of normal aging on both non-spatial (object) and spatial (object location) memory performances as well as on associated neuronal activation in mice. Novel-object (NOR) and object-location (OLR) recognition tests, respectively assessing the identity and spatial features of object memory, were examined at different ages. We show that memory performances in both tests were altered by aging as early as 15months of age: NOR memory was partially impaired whereas OLR memory was found to be fully disrupted at 15months of age. Brain activation profiles were assessed for both tests using immunohistochemical detection of c-Fos (neuronal activation marker) in 3and 15month-old mice. Normal performances in NOR task by 3month-old mice were associated to an activation of the hippocampus and a trend towards an activation in the perirhinal cortex, in a way that did significantly differ with 15month-old mice. During OLR task, brain activation took place in the hippocampus in 3month-old but not significantly in 15month-old mice, which were fully impaired at this task. These differential alterations of the object- and object-location recognition memory may be linked to differential alteration of the neuronal networks supporting these tasks.

11/2015 | Cereb Cortex   IF 5.4
Environmental Enrichment Duration Differentially Affects Behavior and Neuroplasticity in Adult Mice.
Leger M, Paizanis E, Dzahini K, Quiedeville A, Bouet V, Cassel JC, Freret T, Schumann-Bard P, Boulouard M

Environmental enrichment is a powerful way to stimulate brain and behavioral plasticity. However the required exposure duration to reach such changes has not been substantially analyzed. We aimed to assess the time-course of appearance of the beneficial effects of enriched environment. Thus, different behavioral tests and neurobiological parameters (such as neurogenesis, brain monoamines levels, and stress-related hormones) were concomitantly realized after different durations of enriched environment (24 h, 1, 3, or 5 weeks). While short enrichment exposure (24 h) was sufficient to improve object recognition memory performances, a 3-week exposure was required to improve aversive stimulus-based memory performances and to reduce anxiety-like behavior; effects that were not observed with longer duration. The onset of behavioral changes after a 3-week exposure might be supported by higher serotonin levels in the frontal cortex, but seems independent of neurogenesis phenomenon. Additionally, the benefit of 3-week exposure on memory was not observed 3 weeks after cessation of enrichment. Thus, the 3-week exposure appears as an optimal duration in order to induce the most significant behavioral effects and to assess the underlying mechanisms. Altogether, these results suggest that the duration of exposure is a keystone of the beneficial behavioral and neurobiological effects of environmental enrichment.

15/10/2015 | Behav Brain Res   IF 2.8
Chronic activation of 5-HT4 receptors or blockade of 5-HT6 receptors improve memory performances.
Quiedeville A, Boulouard M, Hamidouche K, Da Silva Costa-Aze V, Nee G, Rochais C, Dallemagne P, Fabis F, Freret T, Bouet V

5-HT4 and 5-HT6 serotonergic receptors are located in brain structures involved in memory processes. Neurochemical and behavioural studies have demonstrated that acute activation of 5-HT4 receptors (5-HT4R) or blockade of 5-HT6 receptors (5-HT6R) improves memory. To evaluate the potential of these two receptors as targets in the treatment of memory disorders encountered in several situations (ageing, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, etc.), it is necessary to assess whether their beneficial effects occur after chronic administration, and if such treatment induces adverse effects. The goal of this study was to assess the effects of chronic 5-HT4R or 5-HT6R modulation on recognition memory, and to observe the possible manifestation of side effects (modification of weight gain, locomotor activity or exploratory behaviour, etc.). Mice were treated for 14 days with a 5-HT4R partial agonist (RS-67333) or a 5-HT6R antagonist (SB-271046) at increasing doses. Memory performances, locomotor activity, and exploration were assessed. Both chronic 5-HT4R activation and 5-HT6R blockade extended memory traces in an object recognition test, and were not associated with any adverse effects in the parameters assessed. Chronic modulation of one or both of these receptors thus seems promising as a potential strategy for the treatment memory deficits.

2014 | rev neurosci   IF 2.2
5-HT6 receptor antagonists as treatment for age-related cognitive decline.
Quiedeville A, Boulouard M, Da Silva Costa-Aze V, Dauphin F, Bouet V, Freret T

The 5-HT6 receptor (5-HT6R) is one of the most recently discovered serotonin receptors and has received much attention after observations showing its procognition properties. Indeed, 5-HT6R appears to be a promising target to treat cognitive decline, particularly via its modulatory function of cholinergic and glutamatergic systems. 5-HT6Rs are present mostly in the central nervous system, in brain structures known to be particularly involved in memory. Growing evidence suggests that blockade of 5-HT6R can not only improve memory processes in adult rodents but also reverse age-related and pharmacologically induced deficits. 5-HT6R blockade could also have a beneficial effect on neuronal plasticity. Regarding these findings, several 5-HT6R antagonists are currently going through clinical trials. This review provides an overview of the major findings arguing in favour of a role for 5-HT6R antagonists in developing treatment for cognitive disorders related to ageing and neurodegenerative diseases.

12/2013 | nat protoc   IF 11.3
Object recognition test in mice.
Leger M*, Quiedeville A*, Bouet V, Haelewyn B, Boulouard M, Schumann-Bard P, Freret T., Freret T

The object recognition test is now among the most commonly used behavioral tests for mice. A mouse is presented with two similar objects during the first session, and then one of the two objects is replaced by a new object during a second session. The amount of time taken to explore the new object provides an index of recognition memory. As more groups have used the protocol, the variability of the procedures used in the object recognition test has increased steadily. This protocol provides a necessary standardization of the procedure. This protocol reduces inter-individual variability with the use of a selection criterion based on a minimal time of exploration for both objects during each session. In this protocol, we describe the three most commonly used variants, containing long (3 d), short (1 d) or no habituation phases. Thus, with a short intersession interval (e.g., 6 h), this procedure can be performed in 4, 2 or 1 d, respectively, according to the duration of the habituation phase. This protocol should allow for the comparison of results from different studies, while permitting adaption of the protocol to the constraints of the experimenter.

07/2012 | Psychopharmacology (Berl)   IF 3.4
5-HT6 receptor blockade differentially affects scopolamine-induced deficits of working memory, recognition memory and aversive learning in mice.
Da Silva Costa-Aze V, Quiedeville A, Boulouard M, Dauphin F

RATIONALE: Blockade of 5-HT6 receptors (5-HT6R) is known to improve cognitive performances in the rodent. This improvement has been hypothesized to be the result, at least in part, of a modulation of the cholinergic neurotransmission. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the effects of 5-HT6R blockade on selected types of memory relevant to functional deficits of ageing and neurodegenerative diseases, in mice that present a scopolamine-induced cholinergic disruption of memory. METHOD: Following the selection of an adequate dose of scopolamine to induce cognitive deficits, we have studied the effects of the selective 5-HT6R antagonist SB-271046, alone or in combination with scopolamine, on working memory (spontaneous alternation task in the T-maze), recognition memory (place recognition) and aversive learning (passive avoidance). RESULTS: SB-271046 alone failed to affect working memory, recognition memory and aversive learning performances. In contrast, SB-271046 was able to reverse the scopolamine-induced deficits in working memory (only at 30 mg kg(-)(1)) and those of acquisition and retrieval of aversive learning (dose-dependent effect); scopolamine-induced deficits in episodic-like memory (acquisition and retrieval) were partially counteracted by 5-HT6R blockade. CONCLUSION: The modulation between 5-HT6R and the cholinergic system appears to be predominant for working memory and aversive learning, but not for other types of memory (i.e. episodic-like memory). Interactions between 5-HT6R and alternative neurotransmission systems (i.e. glutamatergic system) should be further studied. The respective involvement of these interactions in the memory disorders related to ageing and neurodegenerative diseases is of pivotal importance regarding the possible use of 5-HT6R antagonists in the treatment of memory disorders in humans.

21/04/2012 | Behav Brain Res   IF 2.8
Synergistic effect of acetylcholinesterase inhibition (donepezil) and 5-HT(4) receptor activation (RS67333) on object recognition in mice.
Freret T, Bouet V, Quiedeville A, Nee G, Dallemagne P, Rochais C, Boulouard M

Facing inefficiency of current treatments to cure Alzheimer disease (AD), a pharmacological approach is now emerging on the assumption that a single compound may be able to hit multiple targets, namely Multi-Target-Directed Ligands (MTDLs). Displaying numerous advantages, several MTDL for AD have been recently described but none associating an inhibition of AChE and an activation of 5-HT(4)R. The aim of this study was to validate the concept of a synergistic action of these two targets on episodic-like memory performances in mice. Among potent molecules, RS67333, a reference 5-HT(4)R agonist and donepezil (DNPZ), a reference acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, have been particularly chosen because of their close chemical structure. Administered separately, RS67333 (0.3 and 1mg/kg) and DNPZ (1mg/kg) improved recognition performances compared to saline treated animals but not with lower doses. Co-administration of subactive doses of RS67333 (0.1mg/kg) and DNPZ (0.3mg/kg) improved memory, moreover, this improvement is prevented if a 5-HT(4)R antagonist (GR125487, 10mg/kg) is also administered. Activation of 5-HT(4)R combined with inhibition of AChE with subactive doses of RS67333 and of DNPZ has synergistic effects on memory performances in mice. These molecules having close chemical structures, the synergistic effect of their combination affords new hope to chemist for the synthesis of MTDL.

2012 | PLoS ONE   IF 2.8
Environmental enrichment enhances episodic-like memory in association with a modified neuronal activation profile in adult mice.
Leger M, Quiedeville A, Paizanis E, Natkunarajah S, Freret T, Boulouard M, Schumann-Bard P

Although environmental enrichment is well known to improve learning and memory in rodents, the underlying neuronal networks' plasticity remains poorly described. Modifications of the brain activation pattern by enriched condition (EC), especially in the frontal cortex and the baso-lateral amygdala, have been reported during an aversive memory task in rodents. The aims of our study were to examine 1) whether EC modulates episodic-like memory in an object recognition task and 2) whether EC modulates the task-induced neuronal networks. To this end, adult male mice were housed either in standard condition (SC) or in EC for three weeks before behavioral experiments (n = 12/group). Memory performances were examined in an object recognition task performed in a Y-maze with a 2-hour or 24-hour delay between presentation and test (inter-session intervals, ISI). To characterize the mechanisms underlying the promnesiant effect of EC, the brain activation profile was assessed after either the presentation or the test sessions using immunohistochemical techniques with c-Fos as a neuronal activation marker. EC did not modulate memory performances after a 2 h-ISI, but extended object recognition memory to a 24 h-ISI. In contrast, SC mice did not discriminate the novel object at this ISI. Compared to SC mice, no activation related to the presentation session was found in selected brain regions of EC mice (in particular, no effect was found in the hippocampus and the perirhinal cortex and a reduced activation was found in the baso-lateral amygdala). On the other hand, an activation of the hippocampus and the infralimbic cortex was observed after the test session for EC, but not SC mice. These results suggest that the persistence of object recognition memory in EC could be related to a reorganization of neuronal networks occurring as early as the memory encoding.