Adult hippocampal neurogenesis is involved in anxiety-related behaviors.
Revest J-M., Dupret D., Koehl M., Funk-Reiter C., Grosjean N., Piazza P-V., Abrous DN.
Adult hippocampal neurogenesis is a unique example of structural plasticity, the functional role of which has been a matter of intense debate. New transgenic models have recently shown that neurogenesis participates in hippocampus-mediated learning. Here, we show that transgenic animals, in which adult hippocampal neurogenesis has been specifically impaired, exhibit a striking increase in anxiety-related behaviors. Our results indicate that neurogenesis plays an important role in the regulation of affective states and could be the target of new treatments for anxiety disorders.