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Modulation of memory consolidation by the basolateral amygdala or nucleus accumbens shell requires concurrent dopamine receptor activation in both brain regions.
Learn Mem. 2005 May-Jun; 12(3):296-301.LM

Abstract

Previous findings indicate that the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) interact in influencing memory consolidation. The current study investigated whether this interaction requires concurrent dopamine (DA) receptor activation in both brain regions. Unilateral, right-side cannulae were implanted into the BLA and the ipsilateral NAc shell or core in male Sprague-Dawley rats (approximately 300 g). One week later, the rats were trained on an inhibitory avoidance (IA) task and, 48 h later, they were tested for retention. Drugs were infused into the BLA and NAc shell or core immediately after training. Post-training intra-BLA infusions of DA enhanced retention, as assessed by latencies to enter the shock compartment on the retention test. Infusions of the general DA receptor antagonist cis-Flupenthixol (Flu) into the NAc shell (but not the core) blocked the memory enhancement induced by the BLA infusions of DA. In the reverse experiment, post-training intra-NAc shell infusions of DA enhanced retention and Flu infusions into the BLA blocked the enhancement. These findings indicate that BLA modulation of memory consolidation requires concurrent DA receptor activation in the NAc shell but not the core. Similarly, NAc shell modulation of memory consolidation requires concurrent DA receptor activation in the BLA. Together with previous findings, these results suggest that the dopaminergic innervation of the BLA and NAc shell is critically involved in the modulation of memory consolidation.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California, Irvine, California 92697-3800, USA. rlalumie@uci.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15930508

Citation

LaLumiere, Ryan T., et al. "Modulation of Memory Consolidation By the Basolateral Amygdala or Nucleus Accumbens Shell Requires Concurrent Dopamine Receptor Activation in Both Brain Regions." Learning & Memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), vol. 12, no. 3, 2005, pp. 296-301.
LaLumiere RT, Nawar EM, McGaugh JL. Modulation of memory consolidation by the basolateral amygdala or nucleus accumbens shell requires concurrent dopamine receptor activation in both brain regions. Learn Mem. 2005;12(3):296-301.
LaLumiere, R. T., Nawar, E. M., & McGaugh, J. L. (2005). Modulation of memory consolidation by the basolateral amygdala or nucleus accumbens shell requires concurrent dopamine receptor activation in both brain regions. Learning & Memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.), 12(3), 296-301.
LaLumiere RT, Nawar EM, McGaugh JL. Modulation of Memory Consolidation By the Basolateral Amygdala or Nucleus Accumbens Shell Requires Concurrent Dopamine Receptor Activation in Both Brain Regions. Learn Mem. 2005 May-Jun;12(3):296-301. PubMed PMID: 15930508.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Modulation of memory consolidation by the basolateral amygdala or nucleus accumbens shell requires concurrent dopamine receptor activation in both brain regions. AU - LaLumiere,Ryan T, AU - Nawar,Erene M, AU - McGaugh,James L, PY - 2005/6/3/pubmed PY - 2005/7/28/medline PY - 2005/6/3/entrez SP - 296 EP - 301 JF - Learning & memory (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) JO - Learn Mem VL - 12 IS - 3 N2 - Previous findings indicate that the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) interact in influencing memory consolidation. The current study investigated whether this interaction requires concurrent dopamine (DA) receptor activation in both brain regions. Unilateral, right-side cannulae were implanted into the BLA and the ipsilateral NAc shell or core in male Sprague-Dawley rats (approximately 300 g). One week later, the rats were trained on an inhibitory avoidance (IA) task and, 48 h later, they were tested for retention. Drugs were infused into the BLA and NAc shell or core immediately after training. Post-training intra-BLA infusions of DA enhanced retention, as assessed by latencies to enter the shock compartment on the retention test. Infusions of the general DA receptor antagonist cis-Flupenthixol (Flu) into the NAc shell (but not the core) blocked the memory enhancement induced by the BLA infusions of DA. In the reverse experiment, post-training intra-NAc shell infusions of DA enhanced retention and Flu infusions into the BLA blocked the enhancement. These findings indicate that BLA modulation of memory consolidation requires concurrent DA receptor activation in the NAc shell but not the core. Similarly, NAc shell modulation of memory consolidation requires concurrent DA receptor activation in the BLA. Together with previous findings, these results suggest that the dopaminergic innervation of the BLA and NAc shell is critically involved in the modulation of memory consolidation. SN - 1072-0502 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15930508/Modulation_of_memory_consolidation_by_the_basolateral_amygdala_or_nucleus_accumbens_shell_requires_concurrent_dopamine_receptor_activation_in_both_brain_regions_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/15930508/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -