Long-Term Effects of AF64A on Learning and Memory Processes in the Rat

  • T. J. Walsh
  • D. L. DeHaven
  • A. Russell
  • I. Hanin
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 30)


Acetylcholine (ACh) and the cholinergic system have long been implicated in cognitive processes. Studies of the molecular events which contribute to learning and memory consolidation suggest an important, if not essential, role for this transmitter system in associative mechanisms. For example, cholinergic activity indexed by ACh concentrations and high affinity choline transport (HAChT) is enhanced in a region-dependent manner subsequent to a learning experience (18, 25). Furthermore, drugs that inhibit cholinergic tone, and lesions of either the nucleus basalis of Meynert or the medial septum, structures providing the cholinergic input to the neocortex and the limbic system, also impair cognitive processes (1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 15, 21, 29). In contrast, cholinomimetics, like physostigmine and arecoline, typically improve these processes (1, 3).


Cholinergic System Medial Septum Dark Compartment Maze Performance Passive Avoidance Response 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. J. Walsh
    • 1
  • D. L. DeHaven
    • 2
  • A. Russell
    • 3
  • I. Hanin
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Behavioral and Neurological ToxicologyNIEHSResearch Triangle ParkUSA
  2. 2.Biological Sciences Research CenterUniversity of North Carolina School of MedicineChapel HillUSA
  3. 3.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicinePittsburghUSA

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