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Levels of arginine-vasopressin in cerebrospinal fluid during passive avoidance behavior in rats

By E.R. de Kloet, F. Laczi, O. Gaffori, M. Fekete and D. de Wied


The concentration of immunoreactive arginine-vasopressin (IR-AVP) was measured in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) during acquisition and retention of passive avoidance behavior. IR-AVP level in CSF of male Wistar rats immediately after the learning trial was increased; the rate of which was related to the intensity of the electric footschock during the learning trial and the avoidance latency as measured 1 day after the learning trial. Immediately after the 24 h retention test IR-AVP levels were significantly increased in rats subjected to the low (0.25 mA) shock intensity during the learning trial, but IR-AVP levels of rats exposed to the high shock (1.0 mA) were under the limit of detection. If the retention test was postponed till 5 days after the learning trial, the increase of IR-AVP level in the CSF was related to avoidance latencies which reflect the intensity of aversive stimulation (electric footshock). The results suggest an association between central AVP release and passive avoidance behavior and may be indicative of the role of this peptide in neuronal mechanisms underlying learning and memory processes

Topics: Geneeskunde
Year: 1984
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