Involvement of the cholinergic neuronal system and benzodiazepine receptors in alcohol-induced amnesia

Nabeshima Toshitaka, Tohyama Keiko, Ishihara Sei-ichi, Kameyama Tsutomu

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We investigated the involvement of the GABAergic and cholinergic neuronal systems and benzodiazepine (BZP) receptors in ethanol-induced amnesia using a passive avoidance task. Pretraining administration of ethanol impaired the passive avoidance response. The BZP agonist chlordiazepoxide potentiated the amnesia, while the GABA antagonists bicuculline and picrotoxin failed to affect it. The acetylcholine esterase inhibitor physostigmine partially attenuated the ethanol-induced amnesia. These results suggest that ethanol-induced amnesia is related to BZP receptors and a dysfunction of the cholinergic neuronal system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-289
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26-03-1991
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology

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