Aug 6, 2008

Aripiprazole ameliorates phencyclidine-induced impairment of recognition memory through dopamine D1 and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors

Taku NagaiToshitaka Nabeshima


Cognitive deficits, including memory impairment, are regarded as a core feature of schizophrenia. Aripiprazole, an atypical antipsychotic drug, has been shown to improve disruption of prepulse inhibition and social interaction in an animal model of schizophrenia induced by phencyclidine (PCP); however, the effects of aripiprazole on recognition memory remain to be investigated. In this study, we examined the effect of aripiprazole on cognitive impairment in mice treated with PCP repeatedly. Mice were repeatedly administered PCP at a dose of 10 mg/kg for 14 days, and their cognitive function was assessed using a novel-object recognition task. We investigated the therapeutic effects of aripiprazole (0.01-1.0 mg/kg) and haloperidol (0.3 and 1.0 mg/kg) on cognitive impairment in mice treated with PCP repeatedly. Single (1.0 mg/kg) and repeated (0.03 and 0.1 mg/kg, for 7 days) treatment with aripiprazole ameliorated PCP-induced impairment of recognition memory, although single treatment significantly decreased the total exploration time during the training session. In contrast, both single and repeated treatment with haloperidol (0.3 and 1.0 mg/kg) failed to attenuate PCP-induced cognitive impairment. The ameliorating effect of arip...Continue Reading

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Antipsychotic Effect
Atypical Antipsychotic [EPC]
Memory Loss
Assay OF Haloperidol
SCH 23390
Serotonin Measurement
Phencyclidine Hydrobromide

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