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Buspirone differentially modifies short-term memory function in a combined delayed matching/non-matching to position task

Pache, D. M., Fernandez-Perez, S. and Sewell, Robert David Edmund 2003. Buspirone differentially modifies short-term memory function in a combined delayed matching/non-matching to position task. European Journal of Pharmacology 477 (3) , pp. 205-211. 10.1016/j.ejphar.2003.08.029

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Abstract

This study investigated the action of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) mimetics on short-term memory function. The objective was to determine whether two closely related tasks could differentiate between partial 5-HT1A receptor activation, full 5-HT1A receptor activation and generalised enhanced serotonin (5-HT) activity. Male hooded Lister rats were trained to perform an operant-based combined delayed matching/non-matching to position task. Drugs used were: fluoxetine (3 mg/kg, i.p.), a selective 5-HT reuptake inhibitor; the full 5-HT1A receptor agonist, 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT; 0.3 mg/kg, s.c.); and the partial 5-HT1A receptor agonist, buspirone (1 mg/kg, i.p.). Buspirone differentially disrupted response accuracy depending on the style of trial. There was no such difference in the case of 8-OH-DPAT, which impaired accuracy in both delayed matching/non-matching to position task, while fluoxetine affected neither. Thus, the findings suggest that partial 5-HT1A receptor activation compromises cognitive function to a greater extent than full 5-HT1A receptor activation, although a dopaminergic component cannot be excluded since buspirone possesses some dopamine D2 receptor antagonist activity. Furthermore, it suggests that there is a differential role for 5-HT in these two closely related behavioural tasks.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Pharmacy
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0014-2999
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:57
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/70493

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