The atypical antipsychotic, remoxipride, blocks phencyclidine-induced disruption of prepulse inhibition in the rat
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- Johansson, C., Jackson, D.M. & Svensson, L. Psychopharmacology (1994) 116: 437. doi:10.1007/BF02247475
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The effect of various typical (haloperidol) and atypical (clozapine, raclopride, remoxipride) antipsychotics on phencyclidine (PCP)-induced disruption of sensorimotor gating was tested in rats using an acoustic startle paradigm. Clozapine (4–40 µmol/kg), haloperidol (1–5 µmol/kg) and raclopride (1–12 µmol/kg) failed to reverse PCP-induced disruption of prepulse inhibition (PPI) of the acoustic startle response. In contrast, remoxipride (12–60 µmol/kg) caused a dose-dependent block of this effect. PCP-induced disruption of PPI is a widely accepted animal model of a corresponding behavioural deficit observed in schizophrenia although little evidence has been presented that it is in fact sensitive to antipsychotic agents. The present results indicate that remoxipride behaves in a unique way in this model compared to clozapine, haloperidol and raclopride.