D-cycloserine prevents relational memory deficits and suppression of long-term potentiation induced by scopolamine in the hippocampus

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© 2014 Elsevier B.V. and ECNP. Previous research has demonstrated that systemic d-cycloserine (DCS), a partial agonist of the N-methyl-. d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR), enhances memory processes in different learning paradigms and attenuates mnemonic deficits produced by diverse pharmacological manipulations. In the present study two experiments were conducted in rats to investigate whether DCS administered in the hippocampus may rescue relational memory deficits and improve deficient synaptic plasticity, both induced by an intracerebral injection of the muscarinic receptor antagonist scopolamine (SCOP). In experiment 1, we assessed whether DCS would prevent SCOP-induced amnesia in an olfactory learning paradigm requiring the integrity of the cholinergic system, the social transmission of food preference (STFP). The results showed that DCS (10. μg/site) injected into the ventral hippocampus (vHPC) before STFP acquisition compensated the 24-h retention deficit elicited by post-training intra-vHPC SCOP (40. μg/site), although it did not affect memory expression in non-SCOP treated rats. In experiment 2, we evaluated whether the perfusion of DCS in hippocampal slices may potentiate synaptic plasticity in CA1 synapses and thus recover SCOP-induced deficits in long-term potentiation (LTP). We found that DCS (50. μM and 100. μM) was able to rescue SCOP (100. μM)-induced LTP maintenance impairment, in agreement with the behavioral findings. Additionally, DCS alone (50. μM and 100. μM) enhanced field excitatory postsynaptic potentials prior to high frequency stimulation, although it did not significantly potentiate LTP. Our results suggest that positive modulation of the NMDAR, by activation of the glycine-binding site, may compensate relational memory impairments due to hippocampal muscarinic neurotransmission dysfunction possibly through enhancements in LTP maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1798-1807
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Acetylcholine
  • Glutamate
  • Muscarinic receptors
  • NMDA receptors
  • Relational memory
  • Synaptic plasticity


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