Pharmacological evidence of muscarinic-cholinergic sensitization following chronic stress

C. Orsini, C. Castellano, S. Cabib

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Rationale: Although much evidence supports a major role of brain cholinergic transmission in memory consolidation processes, little is known about cholinergic functioning under environmental pressure. Objectives: The present experiments were aimed at investigating possible functional adaptation of muscarinic receptors promoted by a chronic stressful procedure in an inbred strain of mice highly susceptible to stress. Methods: We tested the effects of post-trial administration of a cholinergic agonist and a muscarinic antagonist on the retention of a passive avoidance task in control animals and compared these effects with those observed following food restriction. Results: Food restriction enhanced the facilitatory effects of oxotremorine and reduced the impairing effects of atropine on memory consolidation. Conclusion: Our results support the view that chronic sensitization of muscarinic receptors occurs following chronic stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalPsychopharmacology
Volume155
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Muscarinic Receptors
Cholinergic Agents
Pharmacology
Oxotremorine
Food
Cholinergic Agonists
Inbred Strains Mice
Muscarinic Antagonists
Atropine
Pressure
Brain
Memory Consolidation
Retention (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Acetylcholine
  • Animal models
  • Aversive context
  • Dopamine
  • Food restriction
  • Memory
  • Mice

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  • Pharmacology

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Pharmacological evidence of muscarinic-cholinergic sensitization following chronic stress. / Orsini, C.; Castellano, C.; Cabib, S.

In: Psychopharmacology, Vol. 155, No. 2, 2001, p. 144-147.

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Orsini, C. ; Castellano, C. ; Cabib, S. / Pharmacological evidence of muscarinic-cholinergic sensitization following chronic stress. In: Psychopharmacology. 2001 ; Vol. 155, No. 2. pp. 144-147.
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