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Psychopharmacology

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 73–78 | Cite as

Effects of orotic acid and pirazetam on cortical bioelectrical activity in rabbits

  • M. Krug
  • T. Ott
  • Karin Schulzeck
  • H. Matthies
Animal Studies Original Investigations

Abstract

In order to obtain further evidence of the pharmacological effects of retention-facilitating substances, the influence of sodium-orotate, methylglucamine orotate, and pirazetam on the bioelectrical activity of central nervous system structures were studied. Sodium orotate showed no influence on the cortical and hippocampal spontaneous EEGs of conscious nonimmobilized rabbits. The amplitude of the first surface-positive wave of the cortical evoked potential that was elicited by stimulation of tooth pulp was, however, significantly increased in long-lasting terms by both pirazetam and the two salts of orotic acid. Similarly, the three substances also influenced the changes in excitability induced by PTP of tooth pulp. The findings suggest that these chemicals facilitate in nonspecific manner responses to externally applied stimuli through central structures. The relationships between the altered stimulus response and the retention-facilitating action of these substances are discussed.

Key words

Orotic acid Pirazetam EEG Evoked potentials PTP Cortex 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Krug
    • 1
  • T. Ott
    • 1
  • Karin Schulzeck
    • 1
  • H. Matthies
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Pharmakologie und ToxikologieMedizinische Akademie MagdeburgMagdeburgGerman Democratic Republic

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