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ERIC Number: EJ767924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Noradrenergic Action in Prefrontal Cortex in the Late Stage of Memory Consolidation
Tronel, Sophie; Feenstra, Matthijs G. P.; Sara, Susan J.
Learning & Memory, v11 n4 p453-458 Jul 2004
These experiments investigated the role of the noradrenergic system in the late stage of memory consolidation and in particular its action at beta receptors in the prelimbic region (PL) of the prefrontal cortex in the hours after training. Rats were trained in a rapidly acquired, appetitively motivated foraging task based on olfactory discrimination. They were injected with a beta adrenergic receptor antagonist into the PL 5 min or 2 h after training and tested 48 h later. Rats injected at 2 h showed amnesia, whereas those injected at 5 min had good retention, equivalent to saline-injected controls. Monitoring extracellular noradrenaline efflux in PL by in vivo microdialysis during the first hours after training revealed a significant increase shortly after training, with a rapid return to baseline, and then another increase around the 2-h posttraining time window. Pseudo-trained rats showed a smaller early efflux and did not show the second wave of efflux at 2 h. These results confirm earlier pharmacological and immunohistochemical studies suggesting a delayed role of noradrenaline in a late phase of long-term memory consolidation and the engagement of the PL during these consolidation processes. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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