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The involvement of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) in spatial learning was examined in two memory tasks using spatial components, the Morris water maze and the three-panel runway. Using the Morris water maze task, with an invisible platform, the effects of NMDA mPFC lesions were assessed in a procedure reflecting spatial learning and memory, including a(More)
6-[(3-Cyclobutyl-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1H-3-benzazepin-7-yl)oxy]-N-methyl-3-pyridinecarboxamide hydrochloride (GSK189254) is a novel histamine H(3) receptor antagonist with high affinity for human (pK(i) = 9.59 -9.90) and rat (pK(i) = 8.51-9.17) H(3) receptors. GSK189254 is >10,000-fold selective for human H(3) receptors versus other targets tested, and it(More)
In the rat, both the medial and lateral prefrontal cortices (PFC; mPFC and lPFC, respectively) have direct connections with limbic structures that are important in the expression of fear and anxiety. The present study investigated the behavioral effects of excitotoxic lesions of either the mPFC or the lPFC on conditioned and unconditioned fear paradigms. In(More)
The present study compared the effects of two selective dopamine (DA) D(3) receptor antagonists, SB-277011A (3, 10 and 30 mg/kg i.p.) and SB-414796A (3, 10 and 30 mg/kg i.p.) on extracellular levels of acetylcholine (ACh) in the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) by using a LC/MS-MS analytical method that permitted the detection of ACh without the(More)
Recent neuroanatomical and functional investigations focusing on dopamine (DA) D(3) receptors have suggested a potential role of this receptor in psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia and drug dependence. In line with the key role of the prefrontal cortex in psychiatric disorders, the present study aimed at assessing the effects of the acute systemic(More)
SB-399885 (N-[3,5-dichloro-2-(methoxy)phenyl]-4-(methoxy)-3-(1-piperazinyl)benzenesulfonamide) has high affinity for human recombinant and native 5-HT(6) receptors, with pK(i) values 9.11+/-0.03 and 9.02+/-0.05, respectively and is a potent competitive antagonist (pA(2) 7.85+/-0.04). It displays over 200-fold selectivity for the 5-HT(6) receptor over all(More)
The mechanisms through which blockade of metabotropic glutamate receptors 5 (mGluR5) results in anxiolytic and antidepressant effects are currently unknown. In the present study, we therefore hypothesized that the anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like profile of the noncompetitive mGluR5 receptor antagonist 2-ethyl-6-(phenylethynyl)-pyridine (MPEP) may be(More)
RATIONALE Positive allosteric modulators of the glutamatergic alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptor do not stimulate AMPA receptors directly but delay deactivation of the receptor and/or slow its desensitisation. This results in increased synaptic responses and enhanced long-term potentiation. Thus, it has been suggested(More)
The present study investigated the neurochemical effects of the selective 5-HT(6) receptor antagonist SB-271046 in the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). The effect of SB-271046 on extracellular levels of dopamine (DA), norepinephrine (NE), and serotonin (5-HT) in the mPFC was examined using in vivo microdialysis in the freely moving rat. SB-271046 (10(More)
Although lesion studies suggest that the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFc) is involved in the process necessary for reversal of a particular set of contingencies, the nature of lesion-induced deficits is unclear. The involvement of rat mPFc in reversal of a simple spatial discrimination was examined in the present study. Our hypothesis was that(More)