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ERIC Number: EJ781701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
The Role of the Nucleus Basalis Magnocellularis in Fear Conditioning Consolidation in the Rat
Baldi, Elisabetta; Mariottini, Chiara; Bucherelli, Corrado
Learning & Memory, v14 n12 p855-860 Dec 2007
The nucleus basalis magnocellularis (NBM) is known to be involved in the memorization of several conditioned responses. To investigate the role of the NBM in fear conditioning memorization, this neural site was subjected to fully reversible tetrodotoxin (TTX) inactivation during consolidation in adult male Wistar rats that had undergone fear training to acoustic conditioned stimulus (CS) and context. TTX was stereotaxically administered to different groups of rats at increasing intervals after the acquisition session. Memory was assessed as the conditioned freezing duration measured during retention testing, always performed 72 and 96 h after TTX administration. In this way, there was no interference with normal NBM function during either acquisition or retrieval phases, allowing any amnesic effect to be due only to consolidation disruption. The results show that for contextual fear response memory consolidation, NBM functional integrity is necessary up to 24 h post-acquisition. On the other hand, NBM functional integrity was shown to be necessary for memory consolidation of the acoustic CS fear response only immediately after acquisition and not 24-h post-acquisition. The present findings help to elucidate the role of the NBM in memory consolidation and better define the neural circuits involved in fear memories.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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