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Exposure to cues associated with palatable food reward results in a dopamine D2 receptor-dependent suppression of evoked synaptic responses in the entorhinal cortex

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Exposure to cues associated with palatable food reward results in a dopamine D2 receptor-dependent suppression of evoked synaptic responses in the entorhinal cortex

Hutter, Juliana A and Chapman, C. Andrew (2013) Exposure to cues associated with palatable food reward results in a dopamine D2 receptor-dependent suppression of evoked synaptic responses in the entorhinal cortex. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 9 (1). p. 37. ISSN 1744-9081

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1744-9081-9-37

Abstract

Background:

The lateral entorhinal cortex receives inputs from ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons that are activated by exposure to food-related cues, and exogenously applied dopamine is known to modulate excitatory synaptic responses within the entorhinal cortex.

Methods:

The present study used in vivo synaptic field potential recording techniques to determine how exposure to cues associated with food reward modulates synaptic responses in the entorhinal cortex of the awake rat. Chronically implanted electrodes were used to monitor synaptic potentials in the entorhinal cortex evoked by stimulation of the piriform (olfactory) cortex, and to determine how synaptic responses are modulated by food-related cues.

Results:

The amplitudes of evoked synaptic responses were reduced during exposure to cues associated with delivery of chocolate, and during delivery of chocolate for consumption at unpredictable intervals. Reductions in synaptic responses were not well predicted by changes in behavioural mobility, and were not fully blocked by systemic injection of either the D1-like receptor antagonist SCH23390, or the muscarinic receptor antagonist scopolamine. However, the reduction in synaptic responses was blocked by injection of the D2-like receptor antagonist eticlopride.

Conclusions:

Exposure to cues associated with palatable food results in a suppression of synaptic responses in olfactory inputs to the entorhinal cortex that is mediated in part by activation of dopamine D2 receptors.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Hutter, Juliana A and Chapman, C. Andrew
Journal or Publication:Behavioral and Brain Functions
Date:2013
Funders:
  • Concordia Open Access Author Fund
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1186/1744-9081-9-37
Keywords:Entorhinal cortex; Piriform cortex; Reward; Dopamine; Acetylcholine
ID Code:977915
Deposited By: DAVID MACAULAY
Deposited On:24 Oct 2013 16:10
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:45
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