Galanin acts as an inhibitory modulator of cholinergic transmission in the septohippocampal pathway of the rat. Centrally administered galanin induces performance deficits on rodent learning and memory tasks, including delayed non-matching to position, T-maze delayed alternation, passive avoidance, starbust radial maze acquisition, and the Morris water task. The present study investigates differences in responsiveness to intraventricularly administered galanin across three strains of laboratory rat on acquisition of spatial learning in the Morris water task. Sprague- Dawley rats showed normal performance during training, but lack of selective quadrant search on the probe trial in response to galanin treatment. Long- Evans rats showed no effects of galanin on performance during training or probe trial. Wistar rats showed longer latencies to reach the hidden platform during training, and lack of selective quadrant search on the probe trial in response to galanin. Performance on the visible platform task and on locomotor activity in the open field was normal in rats treated with galanin. These results are consistent with an interpretation of strain differences in sensitivity to the inhibitory actions of galanin on learning and memory.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience