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Paper   IPM / Cognitive Sciences / 13852
School of Cognitive Sciences
  Title:   Differential role of the basolateral amygdala 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 serotonin receptors upon ACPA-induced anxiolytic-like behaviors and emotional memory deficit in mice
  Author(s): 
1.  H.R. Chegini
2.  M. Nasehi
3.  M.R. Zarrindast
  Status:   Published
  Journal: Behavioural Brain Research
  Vol.:  261
  Year:  2014
  Pages:   114-126
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The critical role of cannabinoidergic and serotonergic systems of the amygdala in modulation of anxiety-like behaviors and emotional memory has already been demonstrated. The present study aimed to investigate the possible role of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 serotonergic systems upon ACPA (CB1 cannabinoid receptor agonist)-induced anxiolytic-like behaviors and emotional memory impairment using the elevated plus-maze (EPM) test-retest paradigm in male mice.
METHOD: bilateral guide-cannulae were implanted to allow intra-BLA microinjection of serotonergic agents.
RESULTS: the intraperitoneal injection of ACPA could induce anxiolytic-like behaviors and reduce the emotional memory formation. Intra-BLA injection of M-Chlorophenylbiguanide (M-Chl, a 5-HT3 serotonin receptor agonist) neither altered the anxiety-like behaviors nor the emotional memory formation by itself, while the higher dose of Y-25130 (a 5-HT3 serotonin receptor antagonist) reduced the emotional memory formation and locomotor activity but not the anxiety-like behaviors. Furthermore, injection of a higher dose of RS67333 and RS23597 (as 5-HT4 serotonin receptor agonist and antagonist, respectively) did not alter the anxiety-like behaviors, while reduced the emotional memory formation. In addition, the intra-BLA injection of M-Chl but not Y-25130 and RS67333 restored the ACPA-induced anxiolytic-like behaviors and emotional memory deficit, while a higher dose of RS67333 decreased the locomotor activity. Moreover, the intra-BLA microinjection of RS23597 could restore the ACPA-induced anxiolytic-like behaviors but not the emotional memory deficit.
CONCLUSION: based on our findings, ACPA seems to induce its anxiolytic-like behaviors and emotional memory formation deficits via activation and deactivation of the BLA 5-HT4 and 5-HT3 serotonin receptors.

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