PMID: 2140608

Vanderwolf CH, Dickson CT, Baker GB

Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav. 1990 Apr;35(4):847-53


Rats were trained on a conventional maze test or on a swim-to-platform test. Retention of swim-to-platform performance 7 days later was severely impaired by posttraining treatment with a combination of p-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA) and scopolamine although neither drug alone had any effect. Retention of the maze habit was moderately impaired by scopolamine alone and severely impaired by a combination of scopolamine and PCPA, but was unaffected by PCPA alone. Polygraphic recordings confirmed previous reports that a combination of PCPA and scopolamine can abolish neocortical low voltage fast activity and hippocampal rhythmical slow activity. Combined blockade of central cholinergic and serotonergic neurotransmission in rats may provide a useful animal model of Alzheimer’s disease.