Author(s): Pellicano MP, Siciliano F, Sadile AG
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Abstract To investigate the role N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors play in behavioral plasticity, adult male rats of the Naples high-(NHE) and low-excitability (NLE) lines, and of a random-bred Sprague-Dawley strain (NRB) received, the noncompetitive (MK-801:0.01 or 2.5 mg/kg) or the competitive (CPP: 0.01 or 5 mg/kg) NMDA receptor antagonists, or vehicle IP soon after a 10-min test in a Làt-maze. Retention was tested 1 week later. Habituation of activity and defecation score was monitored by the between-test decrement (LTH) in the frequency of corner-crossings (HA) and rearings (VA), with prevailing cognitive and noncognitive meaning, respectively, and of fecal boli. (i) In the NLE-rats, low and high doses of MK-801 facilitate LTH of HA, and a high dose of CPP facilitates LTH of HA. (ii) In the NRB-rats, MK-801 facilitates LTH of HA at a low dose and inhibits LTH of VA at a high dose, whereas CPP inhibits LTH of HA at a high dose only. In contrast, (iii) in the NHE-rats, high doses of MK-801 impair LTH of HA, and low doses of CPP facilitate LTH of HA. In conclusion, the dose- and genotype-dependent differential effects of allosteric and isosteric receptor blockade support the hypothesized modulatory role of NMDA receptors in behavioral plasticity; and the dissociation between retention of cognitive and noncognitive behavioral components suggests that NMDA receptors are involved in their parallel processing.
This article was published in Physiol Behav
and referenced in Journal of Depression and Anxiety