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Estrogen deficiency is associated with hippocampal morphological remodeling of early postmenopausal mice

Yan Yan, Liang Cheng, Xin Chen, Qin Wang, Mingjing Duan, Jichao Ma, Linjing Zhao, Xuemei Jiang and Jing Ai _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:21892-21902. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.15702

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Yan Yan1,*, Liang Cheng2,*, Xin Chen1,*, Qin Wang1, Mingjing Duan1, Jichao Ma1, Linjing Zhao1, Xuemei Jiang1, Jing Ai1

1Department of Pharmacology, Harbin Medical University, The State-Province Key Laboratories of Biomedicine-Pharmaceutics of China, Heilongjiang Province, Harbin 150081, China

2College of Bioinformatics Science and Technology, Harbin Medical University, Heilongjiang Province, Harbin 150081, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Jing Ai, email: [email protected]

Keywords: estrogen, postmenopause, morphology, transmission electron microscopy, hippocampus

Received: September 02, 2016     Accepted: January 24, 2017     Published: February 25, 2017


Estrogen (E2) deficiency is reported to involve in the impairment of cognition in postmenopausal women. However, the morphological basis is still unclear. In the present study, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), we observed the ultrastructure of hippocampus in female C57BL/6 mice at the age of 18 months (18 M) which is considered as the early stage of postmenopause (n = 8). Compared with control mice aged 6 M (n = 8), we identified that the morphological changes in the hippocampus of these menopausal mice were mitochondrial damage, lipofuscin deposition and microtubule degradation. Notably, after E2 was subcutaneously injected into mice aged 16 M with a dosage of 3.5 μg/kg every three days for two months in the 18 M + E2 group (n = 8), mitochondrial damage and lipofuscin deposition in the DG region of hippocampus were prevented, but the degraded microtubules in the hippocampus of postmenopausal mice were failed to restore. These data suggest that hippocampal ultrastructure remodeling in mice can be initiated at the early stage of postmenopause, E2 supplementation could only have an effect on mitochondrial damage and lipofuscin increase.

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