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Publications [#274354] of Edward D. Levin

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  1. Levin, ED; Rose, JE (1990). Anticholinergic sensitivity following chronic nicotine administration as measured by radial-arm maze performance in rats.. Behav Pharmacol, 1(6), 511-520. [11175437]
    (last updated on 2019/12/05)

    Chronic nicotine administration in rats has been previously found to improve choice accuracy performance of rats in the radial-arm maze. A nicotine-induced choice accuracy improvement was also seen in the current study. Rats were trained to asymptotic levels of choice accuracy performance on a working memory paradigm in an 8-arm radial maze. During and after 3 weeks of chronic nicotine treatment, rats were tested for sensitivity to acute doses of the nicotinic and muscarinic receptor antagonists, mecamylamine and scopolamine. During the first week of administration, nicotine-treated rats were supersensitive to the sedation caused by mecamylamine. This suggests that nicotine may not have been acting as a simple nicotinic agonist, since in this case, the opposite effect, an attenuated effect of mecamylamine in the nicotine-treated group, would have been expected. Three to 4 weeks after withdrawal from chronic nicotine administration, the treated rats were more sensitive to the choice accuracy deficits caused by the muscarinic blocker scopolamine (0.16 mg/kg) and the nicotinic blocker mecamylamine (10 mg/kg). This supersensitivity may have been due to a lasting change caused by chronic nicotine in the cholinergic bases of memory function.

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