Protection by nicotine from behavioral disruption caused by reticular formation stimulation in the rat.

Abstract

Male Sprague-Dawley rats prepared with chronic electrodes in the mesencephalic reticular formation were trained to perform on a visual attention task. Short trains of electric current delivered to the reticular formation effectively blocked performance in a reversible and reproducible fashion. Subcutaneous administration of 100 mug/kg nicotine (as the base) served to attenuate the behavioral disruption caused by reticular stimulation. The suggestion that it is a nicotine-induced limbic system activation which antagonizes the behavioral disruption caused by electrically-induced reticular over-activation, is discussed.

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@article{Nelsen1975ProtectionBN, title={Protection by nicotine from behavioral disruption caused by reticular formation stimulation in the rat.}, author={Judith M. Nelsen and Karen Pelley and Liav Goldstein}, journal={Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior}, year={1975}, volume={3 5}, pages={749-54} }