Dose-dependent changes in auditory sensory gating in the prefrontal cortex of the cynomolgus monkey

Hui Huang, Jinrong Ya, Zhe Wu, Chunmei Wen, Suyue Zheng, Chaoyang Tian, Hui Ren, Synnöve Carlson, Hualin Yu, Feng Chen*, Jian Hong Wang

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Background: Sensory gating, often described as the ability to filter out irrelevant information that is repeated in close temporal proximity, is essential for the selection, processing, and storage of more salient information. This study aimed to test the effect of sensory gating under anesthesia in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of monkeys following injection of bromocriptine, haloperidol, and phencyclidine (PCP). Material/Methods: We used an auditory evoked potential that can be elicited by sound to examine sensory gating during treatment with haloperidol, bromocriptine, and PCP in the PFC in the cynomolgus monkey. Scalp electrodes were located in the bilateral PFC and bilateral temporal, bilateral parietal, and occipital lobes. Administration of bromocriptine (0.313 mg/kg, 0.625 mg/kg, and 1.25 mg/kg), haloperidol (0.001 mg/kg, 0.01 mg/kg, and 0.05 mg/kg), and the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid receptor antagonist PCP (0.3 mg/kg) influenced sensory gating. Results: We demonstrated the following: (1) Administration of mid-dose bromocriptine disrupted sensory gating (N100) in the right temporal lobe, while neither low-dose nor high-dose bromocriptine impaired gating. (2) Low-dose haloperidol impaired gating in the right prefrontal cortex. Mid-dose haloperidol disrupted sensory gating in left occipital lobe. High-dose haloperidol had no obvious effect on sensory gating. (3) Gating was impaired by PCP in the left parietal lobe. Conclusions: Our studies showed that information processing was regulated by the dopaminergic system, which might play an important role in the PFC. The dopaminergic system influenced sensory gating in a dose- and regiondependent pattern, which might modulate the different stages that receive further processing due to novel information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1752-1760
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Science Monitor
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Bromocriptine
  • Dopamine
  • Haloperidol
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Sensory gating


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