Facilitation of extinction of operant behaviour in mice by d-cycloserine

David Shaw, Kelly Norwood, Kim Sharp, Lauren Quigley, Stephen F. J. McGovern, Julian Leslie

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Abstract

The N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor agonist d-cycloserine (DCS) facilitates extinction following Pavlovian fear conditioning or conditioned place preference in rats, but its effects on extinction following operant conditioning are not previously established. We studied the effects of DCS on operant extinction with mice, previously shown to be facilitated by GABAergic potentiators including chlordiazepoxide. Following training of lever pressing by C57Bl/6 male mice on a discrete-trial fixed-ratio food reinforcement schedule with six reinforcers per session, 48-trial extinction sessions were conducted at 3- (Experiment 1) or 4-day intervals (Experiment 2). Effects of DCS (15 or 30 mg/kg, i.p.) administered immediately after 48-trial extinction sessions were compared with those of saline injections. With 3-day intervals between extinction sessions, post-session administration of DCS facilitated extinction, and this effect was stronger with 4-day intervals between extinction sessions. Facilitation of extinction by post-session drug administration persisted over a number of extinction sessions. Operant extinction in mice can be facilitated by DCS, a glutamatergic agonist, as well as by GABAergic potentiators. The relationship between glutamatergic and GABAergic processes in operant extinction is yet to be established. These findings strengthen the basis for clinical uses of DCS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-402
JournalPsychopharmacology
Volume202
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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