Dopaminergic modulation of appetitive trace conditioning: the role of D1 receptors in medial prefrontal cortex

Pezze, Marie A. and Marshall, H.J. and Cassaday, H.J. (2015) Dopaminergic modulation of appetitive trace conditioning: the role of D1 receptors in medial prefrontal cortex. Psychopharmacology, 232 (15). pp. 2669-2680. ISSN 1432-2072

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Rationale: Trace conditioning may provide a behavioural model suitable to examine the maintenance of ‘on line’ information and its underlying neural substrates.

Objectives: Experiment la was run to establish trace conditioning in a shortened procedure which would be suitable to test the effects of dopamine (DA) D1 receptor agents administered by microinjection directly into the brain. Experiment lb examined the effects of the DA D1 agonist SKF81297 and the DA D1 antagonist SCH23390 following systemic administration in pre-trained animals. Experiment 2 went on to test the effects of systemically administered SKF81297 on the acquisition of trace conditioning. In experiment 3, SKF81297 was administered directly in prelimbic (PL) and infralimbic (IL) sub-regions of medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) to compare the role of different mPFC sub-regions.

Results: Whilst treatment with SCH23390 impaired motor responding and/or motivation, SKF81297 had relatively little effect in the pre-trained animals tested in experiment 1b. However, systemic SKF81297 depressed the acquisition function at the 2-s trace interval in experiment 2. Similarly, in experiment 3, SKF81297 (0.1 μg in 1.0 μl) microinjected into either PL or IL mPFC impaired appetitive conditioning at the 2-s trace interval.

Conclusions: Impaired trace conditioning under SKF81297 is likely to be mediated in part (but not exclusively) within the IL and PL mPFC sub-regions. The finding that trace conditioning was impaired rather than enhanced under SKF81297 provides further evidence for the inverse U-function which has been suggested to be characteristic of mPFC DA function.

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Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Cassaday, Dr HJ
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2015 13:02
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 12:56

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