Comparison of innate EEG parameters in rat lines selected for ethanol preference

Journal Article

Through bidirectional selective breeding, lines of rats that differ greatly in their voluntary alcohol drinking behavior have been developed - namely, the alcohol-preferring (P) and high-alcohol-drinking (HAD) lines and the alcohol-nonpreferring (NP) and low-alcohol-drinking (LAD) lines. The present experiments were designed to determine if an association exists between ethanol preference and features of the electroencephalogram (EEG) during various sleep-wake behaviors. Of the EEG parameters measured, only theta activity in the hippocampus revealed differences in the lines. However, these differences were not generally associated with ethanol preference. The peak frequency and distribution mean of hippocampal theta activity during REM sleep were significantly higher in NP rats than in P, HAD, and LAD rats. In addition, theta frequency during alert immobility tended to be higher in NP rats than in P, HAD, and LAD rats. A qualitative comparison of these data with published data from unselected rats further suggested that the NP rats are uniquely different with respect to theta frequency. © 1994.

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Cited Authors

  • Morzorati, S; Breen, TE; Lumeng, L; Li, TK

Published Date

  • 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 253 - 258

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0741-8329

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0741-8329(94)90039-6