Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 81–86 | Cite as

Genotype-dependent characteristics of behavior in mice in cognitive tests. The effects of Noopept

  • A. P. Bel’nik
  • R. U. Ostrovskaya
  • I. I. Poletaeva

Male C57BL/6J, BALB/c, and DBA/2J mice showed differences in their abilities to perform two cognitive tests. C57BL/6J mice had good learning ability and memory trace retention (at 10 days) in a simplified Morris maze, while BALB/c mice had low levels of memory trace retention and DBA/2J mice had low learning ability in this test. I.p. administration of the nootropic agent Noopept (GVS-111, N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester) at a dose of 0.5 mg/kg 15 min before the start of the test induced significant improvements in long-term memory in this test in BALB/c mice but no further improvement in C57BL/6J mice, and had no effect in DBA/2J mice. On testing the ability to extrapolate the direction of movement of a stimulus, administration of Noopept increased the proportion of correct responses in C57BL/6J and BALB/c mice, but had no effect in DBA/2J mice.

Key Words

cognitive tests Morris test extrapolation ability behavioral genetics mice inbred strains nootropic effects Noopept 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. P. Bel’nik
    • 1
  • R. U. Ostrovskaya
    • 1
  • I. I. Poletaeva
    • 2
  1. 1.State V. V. Zakusov Research Institute of PharmacologyRussian Academy of Medical SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Faculty of BiologyM. V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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