, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 426–433

Effect of tricyanoaminopropene on the amnesic effect of electroconvulsive shock

  • Walter B. Essman
Original Investigations

DOI: 10.1007/BF00406452

Cite this article as:
Essman, W.B. Psychopharmacologia (1966) 9: 426. doi:10.1007/BF00406452


Mice were pretreated with either tricyanoaminopropene or saline for 3 days prior to being given a single conditioning trial to establish a passive avoidance response. The training trial was followed by a single electroconvulsive shock. When tested for retention of the conditioned response 24 hrs following training, a characteristic retrograde amnesia was demonstrated in control animals, whereas experimental mice showed a significantly high degree of retention. Analysis of brain tissue from various sites, in mice treated under comparable conditions, indicated a significant elevation of levels of ribonucleic acid in the drug-treated animals, as compared with controls. The effect of ECS on RNA concentration was seen generally as a reduction, and specifically as a reduction in the magnitude of RNA concentration differences above base levels observed in non-convulsed animals. The data suggest that an acceleration of RNA synthesis with TCAP serves to facilitate memory trace formation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter B. Essman
    • 1
  1. 1.Queens College of the City University of New YorkUSA