Evaluation of muscarinic M2 receptor sites in basal forebrain and brainstem cholinergic systems of behaviorally characterized young and aged long-evans rats

T. M. Gill, M. Gallagher

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Abstract

Aged (23-25-month-old) male Long-Evans rats were assessed for deficits in spatial cognition relative to young (4-6-month-old) rats. An in vitro autoradiography study was then conducted for muscarinic M2 sites using [3H]- AF-DX 384 to assess binding in basal forebrain and brainstem areas where cholinergic neurons are localized. The analysis of basal forebrain included the medial septal/diagonal band region that provides cholinergic innervation of the hippocampus; the laterodorsal tegmental nucleus and pedunculopotine tegmental nucleus were analyzed in the brainstem. A significant age-related reduction in M2 binding was found in both the basal forebrain and brainstem. Only the reduction in the basal forebrain, however, was correlated with spatial learning impairment. Although the basal forebrain and brainsteam cholinergic systems are each vulnerable in normal aging, contributions to the behavioral effects of aging may be distinctive for the two systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-225
Number of pages9
JournalNeurobiology of Aging
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1998

Keywords

  • AF-DX 384
  • Basal forebrain
  • Brainstem
  • Cholinergic neurons
  • M2 receptors
  • Rats
  • Spatial memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Aging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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