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Auditory evoked potential in normal rats and after para-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA) treatment

, : Auditory evoked potential in normal rats and after para-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA) treatment. Bollettino Della Societa Italiana di Biologia Sperimentale 56(16): 1643-1648

We have studied the latency behaviour of an early component of the cortical acoustic evoked potentials (EAEP) in albino rats after administration of p-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA), a rather selective tryptophan-hydroxylase inhibitor, at a dose of 100 mg/kg daily for 3 days. The rats were implanted with 3 chronic electrodes: one in the bregma, one in the nasion and 3rd inserted in the periauricular skin. Series of clicks originating from a square pulse of 0.12 msec duration were administrated. Brain responses were amplified by an EEG and averaged by a computer with different post-stimuli analysis times. A first group of 4 rats was tested with clicks of 100 dB (HTL) intensity and brain responses were analysed at 5,10,25,50,100 msec post-stimuli times. Results demonstrate that after PCPA administration there is a latency reduction of EAEP components that have a latency higher than 20 msec. In a second group of 4 rats we have analysed those EAEP components with an intensity of clicks ranging from 60 to 110 dB and results demonstrate that, when PCPA was administered, Latencies of those components were significatively lower than the controls at each stimuli intensity tested. We concluded that 5-HT may influence the acoustic pathways activity and this is according to remarks of other A.A. that found a correlation between acoustic stress and brain 5-HT levels.


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