Journal article

Inhibition of guanylate cyclase and protein kinase G impairs retention for the passive avoidance task in the day-old chick

TM Edwards, NS Rickard, KT Ng

NEUROBIOLOGY OF LEARNING AND MEMORY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2002

Abstract

Nitric oxide (NO) is a highly labile chemical messenger which has previously been implicated in memory processes in a variety of learning paradigms and species. However, there is only limited evidence to suggest which enzymes are acted upon by NO during the formation of memory. The present study investigates the role of guanylate cyclase (GC) and protein kinase G (PKG) in a form of passive avoidance learning known to be dependent on nitric oxide activity. It was determined that in vivo pharmacological inhibition of GC using either 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3,-a]quinoxalin-1-one or 6-anilino-5,8-quinolinedione resulted in two transitory memory retention deficits centred around 40 and 120 min pos..

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