Greg R Christoph

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Neurons in the lateral habenula (LHb) of rats have efferent projections that terminate in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNC) and ventral tegmental area (VTA), where cell bodies of dopamine-containing neurons are located. In order to study the influence of the habenula on dopaminergic activity, single-cell electrophysiological techniques were used to(More)
The Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996 requires the U.S. EPA to consider the "cumulative effects" of pesticides and other substances that have a "common mechanism of toxicity." Several different methods for combining the exposures to estimate the risk of groups of common mechanism chemicals with different potencies and exposure characteristics are(More)
1. The electroresponsive characteristics of neurons in the lateral habenula were studied with intracellular recordings in a brain slice preparation of guinea pig diencephalon maintained in vitro. One hundred and two neurons met the criteria for recording stability, and of these, 18 were analyzed in detail. For these 18 neurons, the mean resting membrane(More)
The lateral dorsal tegmental nucleus (LDT) provides ascending cholinergic projections to forebrain structures such as prefrontal cortex, septum, habenula, and thalamus, but relatively little is known of the physiology of LDT neurons. Intracellular recordings from LDT neurons in guinea pig brain slices found that most neurons fired action potentials either(More)
Groups of adult male and female rats received exposure to tetrahydrofuran (THF) vapor by inhalation in acute or subchronic exposure scenarios. Acute exposure concentrations were 0, 500, 2500, or 5000 ppm for 6 hr. Evaluations conducted immediately after exposure included clinical observations, motor activity assessments (MA), and a battery of functional(More)
Groups of adult male rats (10/group) were used to assess whether subchronic inhalation exposure to 0, 1000, 2000, or 4000 ppm of acetone vapor altered schedule-controlled operant performance. Rats were exposed to acetone vapor for 6 h/day, 5 days/wk, for a 13-wk period. Extensive training prior to the exposure series established a stable baseline of(More)
We have investigated the effect of dopamine receptor blockade on striatal proenkephalin mRNA and protachykinin mRNA by Northern gel analysis and by in situ hybridization histochemistry. Chronic haloperidol treatment resulted in a 3.5 fold increase in striatal proenkephalin mRNA and a 30% decrease in protachykinin mRNA (no apparent change in alpha-tubulin(More)
Male Sprague Dawley rats (n = 24), which received either bilateral electrolytic lesions, kainic acid lesions or sham treatments in the lateral habenula, were tested for acquisition of a one-way, conditioned avoidance response. Animals with electrolytic lesions failed to learn the avoidance task within 15 trials. In contrast, rats with kainic acid lesions(More)
Adult male rats pressed a lever on a multiple fixed ratio-fixed interval (FR20-FI120 sec) schedule of food presentation, and after attaining a stable baseline subjects received an acute inhalation exposure to cyclohexane vapor (0 ppm, 500 ppm, 2000 ppm, or 7000 ppm) for 6 hr. During the operant session that began 30 min after termination of exposure, FR(More)