Lori Wilkinson

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Previous studies indicate that a variety of pharmacological agents interfere with the prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle (PPI) response including phencyclidine (PCP), 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT), amphetamine, and apomorphine. Strain differences have been observed in the ability of apomorphine to disrupt PPI, although the(More)
These experiments investigated in the rat the impact on spatial delayed non-matching to sample and on acquisition of the Morris water maze of (i) AMPA-induced lesions of the medial septal nucleus, which produced a marked reduction of hippocampal choline acetyltransferase activity and acetylcholine levels (measured using in vivo dialysis) together with(More)
Extracellular 5-HT in the anterior hypothalamus/preoptic area (AH/POA) and caudate nucleus of the freely moving cat was measured using in vivo brain microdialysis. Administration of 8-OH-DPAT, a 5-HT1A receptor agonist that decreases 5-HT neuronal activity, decreased extracellular 5-HT in both brain areas. Extracellular 5-HT levels were also examined in(More)
In behaving animals, the activity of brain serotonergic neurons is closely tied to the sleep-wake-arousal cycle: highest firing rate during active waking or arousal; intermediate level of discharge during quiescent states and slow wave sleep; and virtual silence during rapid-eye-movement sleep. Environmental stressors, such as exposure to white noise or(More)
In vivo dialysis coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography with electrochemical detection (HPLC-EC) was used for measurement of extracellular serotonin (5-HT) in the hypothalamus of unanesthetized, unrestrained rats. A series of experiments was carried out to determine if 5-HT in the dialysis solution was released from nerve terminals. Fenfluramine,(More)
Changes in brain serotonin (5-HT) neurotransmission have been implicated in the mammalian response to stressful stimuli. The purpose of this study was to examine the extracellular single-unit activity of 5-HT neurons in cats exposed to three stressors: loud (100 dB) white noise, restraint, and confrontation with a dog. Serotonergic neurons were recorded in(More)
Diets of high nutritional quality can aid in the prevention and management of malnutrition in hospitalized patients. This study evaluated the nutritional quality of hospital patient menus. At three large acute care hospitals in Ontario, Canada, 84 standard menus were evaluated, which included regular and carbohydrate-controlled diets and 3000 mg and 2000 mg(More)
The effects of administration of the non-benzodiazepine anxiolytic buspirone on the spontaneous and sensory evoked single unit activity of serotonergic (5-HT) neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus and noradrenergic (NE) neurons in the locus coeruleus were examined in freely moving cats. Buspirone (1.0 mg/kg i.p.) strongly suppressed both the spontaneous and(More)
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