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Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1990 Apr;35(4):785-90.

Effects of the NMDA antagonists CPP and MK-801 on radial arm maze performance in rats.

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Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.


The dose- and time-dependent effects of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor/channel antagonists on radial 8-arm maze performance were examined in rats. Both CPP (1.0-30 mg/kg), a competitive NMDA antagonist, and MK-801 (0.1-1.0 mg/kg), a noncompetitive NMDA antagonist, produced dose-dependent increases in the number of errors made to sample all 8 baited arms. The effective doses of both drugs produced maximal performance impairments 2 hr after IP injection, and no effects after 24 hr. In a second radial arm maze task where only 4 arms were baited, CPP (10 mg/kg) had a somewhat greater effect on the number of working memory errors than on reference memory errors. MK-801 (0.1, 0.33 mg/kg) had no effects on either this task or on a task involving a 1-hr delay between correct choices 4 and 5 on the 8 choice task. CPP (10 mg/kg), however, impaired performance on this latter task. These results indicate that doses of NMDA antagonists, sufficient to block hippocampal long-term potentiation, also disrupt radial arm maze performance.

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