Rats were trained on a reinforced alternation paradigm using an elevated T-maze. After pre-surgical training subjects received either ibotenic acid (4 μg/0.4 μl) or vehicle (pH 7.4, 0.4 μl) bilaterally into the region of the nucleus basalis magnocellularis - an important source of neocortical acetylcholine projections. Acetylcholinesterase staining of sectioned brains revealed a loss of neocortical, but not hippocampal staining in lesioned animals. On the T-maze task, lesioned rats showed significantly impaired choice performance relative to controls. They also demonstrated significant side biases, the degree of which was correlated with choice performance deficit.
- Alzheimer's disease
- nucleus basalis magnocellularis
- spatial memory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Behavioral Neuroscience