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Performance of the trial-unique, delayed non-matching-to-location (TUNL) task depends on AMPA/Kainate, but not NMDA, ionotropic glutamate receptors in the rat posterior parietal cortex.

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Summary of "Performance of the trial-unique, delayed non-matching-to-location (TUNL) task depends on AMPA/Kainate, but not NMDA, ionotropic glutamate receptors in the rat posterior parietal cortex."

Working memory (WM), the capacity for short-term storage and manipulation of small quantities of information, depends on fronto-parietal circuits. However, the function of the posterior parietal cortex (PPC) in WM has gone relatively understudied in rodents. Recent evidence calls into question whether the PPC is necessary for all forms of WM. Thus, the present experiment examined the role of the rat PPC in the Trial-Unique Non-matching-to-Location (TUNL) task, a touchscreen-based visuospatial WM task that relies on the rat medial prefrontal cortex. Temporary inactivation of the PPC caused via bilateral infusions of muscimol and baclofen significantly impaired accuracy and increased the number of correction trials performed, indicating that the PPC is necessary for performance of TUNL. Additionally, we investigated the effects of blocking NMDA or non-NMDA parietal ionotropic glutamate receptors on TUNL and found that, in contrast to the prefrontal cortex, NMDARs in the PPC are not necessary for TUNL performance, whereas blockade of AMPA/Kainate receptors significantly impaired accuracy. These results indicate that performance of the TUNL task depends on the PPC but that NMDA signaling within this brain area is not necessary for intact performance.

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Name: Neurobiology of learning and memory
ISSN: 1095-9564
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