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Role of the medial septum in a repeated acquisition task

Strait TA, Montoya D, Pang KCH (2005) Role of the medial septum in a repeated acquisition task. Neuroscience 2005 Abstracts 647.14. Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC.

Summary: The medial septum/diagonal band of Broca (MSDB) provides a major afferent pathway to the hippocampus and both regions are important in learning and memory. The two major projection cells of the MSDB are cholinergic and GABAergic neurons. Although nonselective lesions of the MSDB impair spatial memory, the role of the different MSDB neuronal population in memory is an active area of research. In the present study, rats with preferential cholinergic or GABAergic lesions of the MSDB will be tested on the repeated acquisition task. The task assesses how well a rat can learn the location of a reward that changes from day to day. All sessions are performed on an 8-arm radial arm maze using one arm for reward. Each daily session consists of 5 trials with rats starting from a different arm on each trial. Rats are tested for a total of 9 days; each day a new rewarded arm is used. Our preliminary data suggest that rats with selective cholinergic lesions using 192-IgG saporin are not impaired in acquisition of the task. These results with selective cholinergic lesions contrast with our previous work showing that preferential GABAergic MSDB lesions impair performance of a repeated acquisition task in a water maze. We are currently investigating the effects of preferential GABAergic MSDB lesions on this task. Our preliminary data suggests that cholinergic and GABAergic MSDB neurons may have differential roles in acquisition of a spatial memory task.

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