Academic Editors: Rafael Franco and Santosh Jadhav
Background: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) administration is one of the most commonly used methods for inducing inflammation in animal models. Several animal studies have investigated the effects of acute and chronic peripheral administration of LPS on cognitive impairment. However, no previous study has compared the effects of different doses of chronically administered LPS on recognition memory performance. Aim: Here, we aimed to investigate the optimal dose of chronically administered LPS for the induction of recognition memory impairment in mice. Materials and methods: LPS at different doses (0.25, 0.50 and 0.75 mg/kg) was administered to SWR/J mice daily for 7 days. On day 9, the open field, novel object recognition and novel arm discrimination behavioral tests were performed. Additionally, prefrontal cortical histological examination was conducted. Results: Compared with the control group, mice injected with 0.75 mg/kg LPS notably showed no object preference (familiar vs. novel), a reduction in the discrimination index, and spatial recognition impairment. Administration of the 0.25 and 0.50 mg/kg doses of LPS showed a preference for the novel object compared with the familiar object, had no significant impact on the discrimination index, and caused spatial recognition impairment. These behavioral results are in line with the histological examination of the prefrontal cortex, which revealed that the 0.75 mg/kg dose produced the most histological damage. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that for chronic peripheral administration of LPS, 0.75 mg/kg is the optimal dose for inducing neuroinflammation-associated recognition memory deficits.