Widespread neuronal degeneration after ibotenic acid lesioning of cholinergic neurons in the nucleus basalis revealed by in situ hybridization.

Article date: 1992/2/3

PubMed ID: 1625807

Journal name: Neuroscience letters (ISSN: 0304-3940)


In efforts to test the cholinergic hypothesis for Alzheimer's disease and to create an animal model for this disease, ibotenic acid has been used to lesion cholinergic neurons in the basal forebrain. In this study we have used in situ hybridization with oligonucleotide probes specific for mRNAs encoding choline acetyltransferase and glutamic acid decarboxylase, respectively, to study the effects of such a lesion. Our results show that lesion paradigms normally used to induce neuronal degeneration in nucleus basalis by ibotenic acid not only lesion the cholinergic neurons within this nucleus, but in addition, a major fraction of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurons in nucleus basalis, substantia innominata, globus pallidus and ventral pallidum.

Author List: Lindefors N, Boatell M L, Mahy N, Persson H

Publication Types: Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Substances mentioned in the article: RNA Probes; Ibotenic Acid; gamma-Aminobutyric Acid; Choline O-Acetyltransferase; Glutamate Decarboxylase;

Mesh terms: Animals; Autoradiography; Choline O-Acetyltransferase/biosynthesis; Glutamate Decarboxylase/biosynthesis; Ibotenic Acid/pharmacology; Male; Nerve Degeneration/drug effects; Neurons/drug effects; Nucleic Acid Hybridization; Parasympathetic Nervous System/cytology; RNA Probes; Rats; Rats, Inbred Strains; Stereotaxic Techniques; gamma-Aminobutyric Acid/physiology;

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