1528941

Effects of vinconate, a novel vinca alkaloid, on spatial learning deficits induced by the basal forebrain lesion in rats.

Article date: 1992/5/1

PubMed ID: 1528941

Journal name: Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior (ISSN: 0091-3057)

ABSTRACT

We investigated the effects of vinconate, a novel vinca alkaloid, on spatial learning deficits induced by the basal forebrain (BF) lesion in rats. Bilateral BF lesions were produced by injecting ibotenic acid (6 micrograms/0.5 microliter/side). In BF-lesioned rats, impairment of spatial learning in escaping onto the platform during training and decrease in spatial bias during the spatial probe trial in Morris's water maze task were both observed. Vinconate (5 and 10 mg/kg) treatment shortened the increase of escape latency to the platform in BF-lesioned rats and significantly reversed the decrease in spatial bias induced by the BF lesion. Vinconate (10 mg/kg) attenuated the decrease in choline acetyltransferase activity in the frontoparietal cortex caused by the BF lesion. The present study suggests that vinconate has an antiamnesic effect on the BF-lesion-induced amnesia by ameliorating the dysfunction in cholinergic neurons.

Author List: Kinoshita H, Kameyama T, Hasegawa T, Nabeshima T

Publication Types: Journal Article

Substances mentioned in the article: Vinca Alkaloids; vinconate; Choline O-Acetyltransferase;

Mesh terms: Animals; Choline O-Acetyltransferase/metabolism; Learning/drug effects; Male; Prosencephalon/enzymology; Rats; Rats, Inbred Strains; Space Perception/drug effects; Vinca Alkaloids/pharmacology;

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