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Title: Frontal cortical α7 and α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in working and reference memory
Authors: Chan, W.K.
Tsun-Hon Wong, P.
Sheu, F.-S. 
Keywords: Frontal cortex
Nicotinic receptor
Radial arm maze
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Citation: Chan, W.K., Tsun-Hon Wong, P., Sheu, F.-S. (2007-06). Frontal cortical α7 and α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in working and reference memory. Neuropharmacology 52 (8) : 1641-1649. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The α7 and α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAchR) subtypes have been shown to be involved in memory. It is also known that losses of frontal cortical nAchRs are correlated to declining memory function in Alzheimer's disease, but the subtype-specific role of frontal cortical nAchRs in memory has not been well characterized. Hence, we sought to understand the role of frontal cortical α7 and α4β2 nAchR subtypes in both working and reference memory by observing the effects of subtype specific agonists and antagonists on radial arm maze performance. It was found that α7 nAchRs in the frontal cortex are involved in working and reference memory, while α4β2 nAchRs are only involved in working memory. Throughout the study, drug treatments did not affect motor functionality in the animals. Our data thus sheds further light on the frontal cortex as an important anatomical locus for nAchR-mediated memory function in the brain, and highlights the differing role of α7 and α4β2 nAchRs in long and short term memory. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Neuropharmacology
ISSN: 00283908
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2007.03.008
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