Research Project Title

L-Theanine Effects on Memory and Cognition in Swim-Low Rats

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

L-theanine, a main component of green tea, has enough structural similarity to glutamate that it can bind to an NMDA receptor. NMDA receptors promote synaptic plasticity via calmodulin signaling cascades. Sprague-Dawley swim low rats, which have been bred to exhibit memory and cognitive deficits, were tested using a Morris Water Maze. Rats treated with L-theanine and a control group were tested. The difference in average swim times between the L-theanine group and the control group was statistically significant for the 7 days of the experiment. However, there was no significant difference between the average swim times in each day or during the persistence trial. Trends indicate the possibility of significant improvement in future trials conducted over a longer period of time.

Session Number

PS1

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS1-n

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L-Theanine Effects on Memory and Cognition in Swim-Low Rats

HUB Multipurpose Room

L-theanine, a main component of green tea, has enough structural similarity to glutamate that it can bind to an NMDA receptor. NMDA receptors promote synaptic plasticity via calmodulin signaling cascades. Sprague-Dawley swim low rats, which have been bred to exhibit memory and cognitive deficits, were tested using a Morris Water Maze. Rats treated with L-theanine and a control group were tested. The difference in average swim times between the L-theanine group and the control group was statistically significant for the 7 days of the experiment. However, there was no significant difference between the average swim times in each day or during the persistence trial. Trends indicate the possibility of significant improvement in future trials conducted over a longer period of time.