Chronic intracerebroventricular exposure to β-amyloid(1-40) impairs object recognition but does not affect spontaneous locomotor activity or sensorimotor gating in the rat

S. Nag, F. Tang, Kay Yan Benjamin Yee

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This study examined the cognitive effects of chronic in vivo exposure to β-amyloid(1-40) via the intracerebroventricular route on two distinct paradigms. The first test evaluated a form of early attentional control referred to as sensorimotor gating in which an antecedent weak prepulse stimulus modulates the reactivity to a subsequent startle-eliciting stimulus. The second test utilized the spontaneous preference for a novel object over that of a familiar one in rats as a measure of object recognition memory. We found that β-amyloid exposure leads to a severe deficit in the object memory test but spares sensorimotor gating. Moreover, unlike the water maze deficit induced by β-amyloid (Nag et al., in preparation), the deficit on object recognition was resistant to amelioration by systemic physostigmine treatment at a dose of 0.06 mg/kg per day intraperitoneally. The present results add to previous reports that β-amyloid exposure can lead to deficits on hippocampal lesion sensitive tasks, suggesting that dysfunction of the rhinal cortices in addition to that of the septohippocampal system is implicated in β-amyloid-induced behavioral impairments. It therefore lends support to the hypothesis that β-amyloid exposure can lead to severe impairment across multiple memory systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Acetylcholine
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Physostigmine
  • Prepulse inhibition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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