Antagonism by 8-OH-DPAT, but not ritanserin, of catalepsy induced by SCH 23390 in the rat

  • M. -L. Wadenberg
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DOI: 10.1007/BF01245351

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Wadenberg, M.L. J. Neural Transmission (1992) 89: 49. doi:10.1007/BF01245351


In the present experiments, it was shown that the catalepsy induced by the dopamine D1 antagonist SCH 23390 (0.2 mgkg−1 sc), was completely antagonised by the administration of 8-OH-DPAT (0.1 mg kg−1 sc) for the duration of the effect of SCH 23390 (approx. 120 min). Neither the catalepsy induced by raclopride (16 mg kg−1 sc) nor that induced by SCH 23390 (0.2 mg kg−1 sc) could be antagonised by treatment with the 5-HT2 receptor antagonist ritanserin (0.13–2.0 mg kg−1 sc). Administration of SCH 23390 (0.0125–0.2 mg kg−1 sc) produced a significant suppression of avoidance behavior at all doses, and also produced a significant decrease in the number of intertriai crosses. At the higher doses, 0.05 and 0.2 mg kg−1 sc, there were also escape failures. In contrast to the finding in our previous report that raclopride and 8-OH-DPAT in a synergistic manner produce a suppression of conditioned avoidance behavior, no such interaction was found between 8-OH-DPAT (0.1 mg kg−1 sc) and SCH 23390 (6 μg kg−1 sc) in the present study.


Catalepsy conditioned avoidance dopamine serotonin receptors brain rat 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. -L. Wadenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of StockholmStockholm
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral PharmacologyAstra Arcus ABSödertäljeSweden

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