The effect of systemic administration of the neurosteroid pregnenolone sulfate (PREG-S) on sleep-wakefulness cycle and on spatial memory performances was investigated in male Sprague-Dawley rats. In the first experiment, the effect of PREG-S administration (saline, 4.75, 47.5 mg/kg, i.p.) on 24 h EEG recording was evaluated. In the second experiment, spatial memory performance in a two-trial memory task was evaluated after post- acquisition administration of similar doses of PREG-S as in the first experiment. Results show that PREG-S increases paradoxical sleep and improves the performance on the memory task yielding similar dose response curves. Starting 4 h after administration of 47.5 mg/kg PREG-S, paradoxical sleep is increased for 10 h. The PREG-S effect on spatial memory lasts for at least 24 h after injection. These results suggest that an enhancement of paradoxical sleep may be involved in the promnesic effects of this neurosteroid.
|Publication status||Published - 13 Feb 1999|
- Cognitive enhancer
- REM sleep
- Sleep-wakefulness cycle