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Eksp Klin Farmakol. 2006 Nov-Dec;69(6):13-6.

[Comparative study of the effects of melatonin and epitalon on the protracted memory under the shuttle labyrinth test conditions in rats in the course of aging].

[Article in Russian]


The influence of the chronic administration of melatonin (epiphyseal hormone) and epitalon (a synthetic tetrapeptide increasing melatonin production) on the learning process and the protracted memory has been studied in LIO rats in the course of aging for 2 years under standard illumination regime (12L :12D). The daily administration of melatonin (Sigma, USA) with drinking water (in 10 mg/liter dose at night) in rats beginning with the age of 4 months did not influence the learning processes in young and adult animals but it was found to contribute to optimization of the brain cognitive function in rats in the course of aging, by improving the protracted memory process. Epitalon administered in a daily dose of 0.1 microg per animal beginning with the age of 4 months showed mnemotropic properties (decreasing the extent of memory disorders) in old rats under conditions of the shuttle labyrinth test.

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