Exp Mol Med.  2012 Jun;44(6):403-411.

A priming role of local estrogen on exogenous estrogen-mediated synaptic plasticity and neuroprotection

  • 1Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Burapha University, Chonburi 20131, Thailand. siripornc@buu.ac.th
  • 2Department of Anatomy and Center for Neuroscience, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.


The localization of estrogen (E2) has been clearly shown in hippocampus, called local hippocampal E2. It enhanced neuronal synaptic plasticity and protected neuron form cerebral ischemia, similar to those effects of exogenous E2. However, the interactive function of hippocampal and exogenous E2 on synaptic plasticity activation and neuroprotection is still elusive. By using hippocampal H19-7 cells, we demonstrated the local hippocampal E2 that totally suppressed by aromatase inhibitor anastrozole. Anastrozole also suppressed estrogen receptor (ER)beta, but not ERalpha, expression. Specific agonist of ERalpha (PPT) and ERbeta (DPN) restored ERbeta expression in anastrozole-treated cells. In combinatorial treatment with anastrozole and phosphoinositide kinase-3 (PI-3K) signaling inhibitor wortmannin, PPT could not improve hippocampal ERbeta expression. On the other hand, DPN induced basal ERbeta translocalization into nucleus of anastrozole-treated cells. Exogenous E2 increased synaptic plasticity markers expression in H19-7 cells. However, exogenous E2 could not enhance synaptic plasticity in anastrozole-treated group. Exogenous E2 also increased cell viability and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl2) expression in H2O2-treated cells. In combined treatment of anastrozole and H2O2, exogenous E2 failed to enhance cell viability and Bcl2 expression in hippocampal H19-7 cells. Our results provided the evidence of the priming role of local hippocampal E2 on exogenous E2-enhanced synaptic plasticity and viability of hippocampal neurons.


estrogen receptor beta; estrogens; hippocampus; neuronal plasticity; neurons; neuroprotective agents

MeSH Terms

Aromatase Inhibitors/pharmacology
Cell Line
Cell Survival/drug effects
Estrogen Receptor alpha/agonists/metabolism
Estrogen Receptor beta/agonists/metabolism
Hydrogen Peroxide/pharmacology
Nervous System/*drug effects
Neuronal Plasticity/*drug effects
*Neuroprotective Agents
Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase/antagonists & inhibitors
Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2/biosynthesis
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