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Administration of heroin or phenobarbital to pregnant mice evokes neurochemical and behavioral deficits consequent to disruption of septohippocampal cholinergic innervation. The present study evaluates the relationship between the drug-induced biochemical changes and the behavioral deficits, applying two different approaches: neural grafting and(More)
Despite the basic differences in their underlying biological targets, prenatal exposure to heroin or phenobarbital produces similar syndromes of neurobehavioral deficits, involving defects in septohippocampal cholinergic innervation-related behaviors. At the cellular level, these deficits are associated with cholinergic hyperactivity, characterized by(More)
Mice were exposed to nicotine prenatally by injecting the mother with 1.5 mg/kg nicotine SC twice daily on gestation days 9-18 (PreN mice) or neonatally by daily SC injections of 1.5 mg/kg nicotine on postnatal days 2-21 (NeoN mice). At age 50 days, hippocampal muscarinic receptors Bmax of PreN and NeoN mice were 58% and 79% above control, respectively (p(More)
Nicotine has been hypothesized to induce neurobehavioral teratology by mimicking prematurely the natural developmental signals ordinarily communicated by the ontogeny of cholinergic synaptic transmission. In the current study, the effects of fetal nicotine exposure (2 mg/kg/day or 6 mg/kg/day) on development of central cholinergic pathways were examined in(More)
During critical developmental periods, cholinergic activity plays a key role in programming the development of target cells. In the current study, ontogeny of cholinergic terminals and their activity were contrasted in 4 brain regions of the fetal and neonatal rat using choline acetyltransferase activity, which is unresponsive to changes in impulse flow,(More)
Embryos and embryocultures can be successfully transplanted into various bodily organs. However immunosuppression or homogenicity are required for the success of such experimental manipulation. Since the brain is considered immunologically privileged, we transplanted 2-4 cell embryos of C57BL x BALB/c, embryonic stem cells (ES) or embryoid bodies (EB)(More)
Opioid drugs act primarily on the opiate receptors; they also exert their effect on other innervations resulting in non-opioidergic behavioural deficits. Similarly, opioid neurobehavioural teratogenicity is attested in numerous behaviours and neural processes which hinder the research on the mechanisms involved. Therefore, in order to be able to ascertain(More)
Mice were exposed to diacetylmorphine (heroin) or phencyclidine (PCP) prenatally or neonatally. At a later age, they were tested for hippocampus-related behavioral deficits and concomitant alterations in the septohippocampal cholinergic innervations. Actually, this is an application of the previously established phenobarbital neuroteratogenicity model to(More)
A wide variety of drugs and chemicals elicit neurobehavioral teratogenesis. Surprisingly, however, despite the obvious differences among unrelated compounds, the behavioral outcomes often display striking similarities, such as cognitive and attentional deficits. Recent studies of drugs of abuse (heroin, nicotine, barbiturates) and environmental toxins(More)
Prenatal nicotine exposure has been shown to disrupt the development of cholinergic presynaptic tone and behaviors mediated through muscarinic cholinergic receptors. The current study examines nicotine's effects on ontogeny of postsynaptic muscarinic M1-receptors in rat striatum and hippocampus after continuous maternal infusions of 2 mg/kg/day or 6(More)