Apr 9, 2014

CDP-choline attenuates scopolamine induced disruption of prepulse inhibition in rats: involvement of central nicotinic mechanism

Neuroscience Letters
Gulsah UsluGokhan Goktalay


It has been shown that cholinergic system plays an important role in schizophrenia-associated cognitive deficits, therefore cholinergic drugs are novel targets for the treatment of cognitive deficits seen in schizophrenia. We aimed to test the effects of CDP-choline on sensorimotor gating functioning, which is an important function for the integration of sensory and cognitive information processing and the execution of appropriate motor responses. In this study, prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle reflex was used to test the sensorimotor gating functioning, and the effects of CDP-choline on scopolamine induced PPI disruption were evaluated in rats. Furthermore, the contribution of the cholinergic mechanism in these effects was determined. CDP-choline (75, 250, 500mg/kg) by itself had no effect on the PPI in naïve animals. Scopolamine (0.4mg/kg; s.c.) significantly decreased the PPI levels and intraperitoneal administration of CDP-choline (250mg/kg) attenuated the effects of scopolamine. A non-specific nicotinic receptor antagonist, mecamylamine and an alpha 7 nicotinic receptor (α7-nAChR) antagonist, methyllycaconitine were used to investigate the mechanism underlying the effects of CDP-choline. Mecamylamine (3mg/...Continue Reading

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Neuro-Oncological Ventral Antigen 2
Cholinergic Agents
Cholinergic Muscarinic Antagonist [EPC]
Physiologic Pulse
Body Parts - Cannula
Specimen Type - Cannula
Antagonist Muscle Action
Synaptic Transmission

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