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Neurobiol Aging. 1981 Fall;2(3):209-13.

Behavioral effects of phosphatidylserine in aged rats.


The behavioral effects of 5 days of administration of phosphatidylserine (PS) was studied in aged rats. The intraperitoneal (5, 10, and 20 mg/kg) or intracerebroventricular (5, 10, and 20 micrograms/2 microliters) injection of PS liposomes caused a facilitated acquisition of active avoidance behavior as studied in shuttle-box and pole jumping test situations. The retention of active and passive avoidance responses was also improved. No substantial difference between PS-treated and control animals was apparent either in the responsiveness to electrical footshock or in the motor activity tested in an open field. Grooming behavior appeared to be enhanced in rats treated with the highest dose of the substance. Since PS affects both central catecholaminergic and cholinergic transmission, which is known to be impaired in old animals, the possibility that the behavioral effects of PS involve brain dopamine and/or acetylcholine systems is discussed.

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