Journal article

The Impact of Removal of Ovarian Hormones on Cholinergic Muscarinic Receptors: Examining Prepulse Inhibition and Receptor Binding

Sarah S Ch'ng, Adam J Walker, Madeleine McCarthy, Thien-Kim Le, Natalie Thomas, Andrew Gibbons, Madhara Udawela, Snezana Kusljic, Brian Dean, Andrea Gogos

BRAIN SCIENCES | MDPI | Published : 2020


Ovarian hormones, such as estrogens and progesterone, are known to exert beneficial effects on cognition and some psychiatric disorders. The basis of these effects is not fully understood, but may involve altered cholinergic neurotransmission. This study aimed to investigate how a lack of ovarian hormones would impact muscarinic receptor-induced deficits in prepulse inhibition (PPI) and muscarinic receptor density in several brain regions. Adult female rats were either ovariectomized, to remove the source of ovarian hormones, or left intact (sham-operated). PPI is a measure of sensorimotor gating that is typically impaired in schizophrenia patients, and similar deficits can be induced in rat..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, A.Gogos CDF ID1108098. A.J.W. was supported by a Trisno Family Fellowship. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the support from the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Grant.