Differential participation of the NBM in the acquisition and retrieval of conditioned taste aversion and Morris water maze

González, Claudia L. and Miranda, Maria Isabel and Gutierrez, Humberto and Ormsby, Christopher and Bermúdez-Rattoni, Federico (2000) Differential participation of the NBM in the acquisition and retrieval of conditioned taste aversion and Morris water maze. Behavioural Brain Research, 116 (1). pp. 89-98. ISSN 0166-4328

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0166-4328(00)00250-3

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Abstract

Deficits in both learning and memory after lesions of the cholinergic basal forebrain, in particular the nucleus basalis magnocellularis (NBM), have been widely reported. However, the participation of the cholinergic system in either acquisition or retrieval of memory process is still unclear. In this study, we tested the possibility that excitotoxic lesions of the NBM affect either acquisition or retrieval of two tasks. In the first experiment, animals were trained for two conditioned taste aversion tasks using different flavors, saccharine and saline. The acquisition of the first task was before NBM lesions (to test retrieval) and the acquisition of the second task was after the lesions (to test acquisition). Accordingly, in the first part of the second experiment, animals were trained in the Morris water maze (MWM), lesioned and finally tested. In the final part of this experiment, another set of animals was lesioned, then trained in the MWM and finally tested. All animals were able to retrieve conditioned taste aversion (CTA) and MWM when learned before NBM lesions; however, lesions disrupted the acquisition of CTA and MWM. The results suggest that the NBM and cholinergic system may play an important role in acquisition but not during retrieval of aversive memories.

Keywords:learning and memory
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:7868
Deposited On:23 Mar 2013 16:35

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