Role of the mesotelencephalic dopamine system in learning and memory processes in the rat

Vasile Hefco, Kiyofumi Yamada, Andreea Hefco, Lucian Hritcu, Adrian Tiron, Toshitaka Nabeshima

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Abstract

The effects of lesioning the ventral tegmental area or substantia nigra pars reticulata by means of bilateral microinjections of two doses of kainic acid (50 ng/250 nl and 100 ng/500 nl) or 6-hydroxydopamine (8 μg/4 μl) were investigated to clarify the role of the mesotelencephalic dopamine system in learning and memory processes. Our findings suggest that ventral tegmental area and substantia nigra dopaminergic neurons play an important role in retention of both short-term memory, tested in the Y-maze task and long-term memory evaluated with the multi-trial passive avoidance test, without affecting memory acquisition. As compared to short-term memory, long-term memory is more susceptible to the decreased dopamine level in nervous structures involved in processing and storage of information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-60
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Volume475
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15-08-2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology

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