Pharmacological evidence of muscarinic-cholinergic sensitization followingchronic stress

Citation
C. Orsini et al., Pharmacological evidence of muscarinic-cholinergic sensitization followingchronic stress, PSYCHOPHAR, 155(2), 2001, pp. 144-147
Citations number
22
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Neurosciences & Behavoir
Journal title
Volume
155
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
144 - 147
Database
ISI
SICI code
Abstract
Rationale: Although much evidence supports a major role of brain cholinergi c transmission in memory consolidation processes, little is known about cho linergic functioning under environmental pressure. Objectives: The present experiments were aimed at investigating possible functional adaptation of m uscarinic 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 ant agonist on the retention of a passive avoidance task in control animals and compared these effects with those observed following food restriction. Res ults: Food restriction enhanced the facilitatory effects of oxotremorine an d reduced the impairing effects of atropine on memory consolidation. Conclu sion: Our results support the view that chronic sensitization of muscarinic receptors occurs following chronic stress.