BDNF and memory processing

Neuropharmacology. 2014 Jan;76 Pt C:677-83. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2013.04.024. Epub 2013 May 18.


Brain-derived neurotrophic factor has emerged as one of the most important molecules involved in memory. Its wide role in different types of memories that depend on different structures as well as its involvement in distinct memory stages points at BDNF as one likely target to treat cognitive impairments and anxiety-related memory disorders. However, regulation of BDNF expression is very complex as well as its modes of action. Here we describe the latest research carried out on the function of BDNF in memory to illustrate such complexity. This article is part of the Special Issue entitled 'BDNF Regulation of Synaptic Structure, Function, and Plasticity'.

Keywords: Hippocampus; Long-term memory; Memory persistence; Neurotrophins; Prefrontal cortex.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*


  • Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor