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Subtypes of central nicotinic receptors involved in learning and memory.

Authors: Li-jun Chen, Ru-zhu Chen


To observe the effects of different subtypes of central nicotinic receptor on learning and memory.
Passive avoidance response, including step-down avoidance and step-through avoidance in mice and long-term potentiation (LTP) in rat hippocampal slices.
Hexamethonium (C6) 7 micrograms/mouse and kappa-bungarotoxin (kappa-BTX) 0.6 microgram/mouse inhibited the acquisition of avoidance conditioning in mice, and kappa-BTX yielded this effect with a dose-response relationship. kappa-BTX 1 mumol.L-1 suppressed the induction of LTP (P < 0.05), but not normal synaptic transmission and maintenance of LTP in rat hippocampal slices.
The subtypes of central nicotinic receptor sensitive to kappa-BTX play an important role in learning and memory.

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