Effects of meclofenoxate and Extr. Rhodiolae roseae L. on electroconvulsive shock-impaired learning and memory in rats

Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 1986 Sep;8(9):547-52.


In experiments on albino rats, the authors studied the effects of meclofenoxate and Extr. Rhodiolae roseae on the memory-impairing action of convulsant electroshock. "Step-down" passive avoidance training with negative reinforcement was used to trace the changes in memory. Meclofenoxate administered i.p. in a dose of 100 mg/kg body weight for five days prevented the retrograde amnesia observed after convulsant electroshock upon retention testing on the 3rd and 24th hr after the end of the training session. The Rhodiola extract administered orally in a dose of 0.10 ml/rat for 10 days, which in other experimental approaches improved learning and memory, remained ineffective here. The role of biogenic monoamines in the learning- and memory-improving effects of meclofenoxate is considered on the basis of earlier studies by the authors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Avoidance Learning / drug effects
  • Electroshock
  • Glycolates / pharmacology*
  • Learning / drug effects*
  • Meclofenoxate / pharmacology*
  • Memory / drug effects*
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Seizures / complications*


  • Glycolates
  • Plant Extracts
  • Meclofenoxate