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Eur J Pharmacol. 2005 Oct 17;522(1-3):78-83. Epub 2005 Oct 7.

Co-administration of fluoxetine and WAY100635 improves short-term memory function.

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Neuropharmacology, Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University, Cathays Park, Wales, UK.


The aim of this study was to determine whether the action of the antidepressant fluoxetine or the anxiolytic buspirone could be modified by specific 5-hydroxytriptamine (5-HT(1A)) receptor blockade in a short-term memory paradigm. Male Wistar rats were trained to perform the putative short-term memory task, delayed non-matching to position. WAY100635, a selective 5-HT(1A) receptor antagonist (0.15 mg/kg), was administered 15 min before either the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine (3 mg/kg), or the partial 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist and dopamine D2 receptor antagonist, buspirone (0.3 mg/kg). 8-Hydroxy-di-n-propylamino tetralin (8-OH-DPAT), a full 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist (0.3 mg/kg), was also included in the study as a positive control. WAY100635 alone had no effect on any behavioural parameter measured (response accuracy, delay lever press activity and trial completion). 8-OH-DPAT impaired response accuracy in a delay-dependent manner, an effect reversed by WAY100635. Fluoxetine also impaired response accuracy delay-dependently. WAY100635 pretreatment not only reversed this deficit but improved response accuracy, in the presence of a significant deficit in trial completion. At the dose used, buspirone showed no significant differences compared to the control group. The data suggest that fluoxetine impairs short-term memory function by the indirect activation of 5-HT(1A) receptors, but that its co-administration with WAY100635 improves short-term memory function.

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