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Adolescent methylmercury exposure alters short-term remembering, but not sustained attention, in male Long-Evans rats.

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Summary of "Adolescent methylmercury exposure alters short-term remembering, but not sustained attention, in male Long-Evans rats."

Methylmercury is an environmental neurotoxicant found in fish that produces behavioral deficits following early developmental exposure. The impact of adolescent exposure to this developmental neurotoxicant is only recently being explored in animal models. Here, short-term memory and sustained attention were examined using a rodent model of adolescent methylmercury exposure. Rats were exposed to 0, 0.5, or 5 ppm methylmercury throughout the adolescent period and tested on a two-choice visual signal detection task in adulthood. Methylmercury improved short-term remembering in this procedure but the dose-effect curve was nonmonotonic, as has been reported previously: effects on memory were observed in animals exposed to 0.5 ppm methylmercury, but not 5 ppm. Methylmercury did not significantly alter sustained attention, which is in contrast to effects following gestational exposure in human populations. The results may suggest that attention is not involved with previously reported effects of methylmercury during adolescence, but certain procedural issues remain unresolved.

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Name: Neurotoxicology
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