, Volume 182, Issue 1, pp 95–103

Discriminative stimulus and reinforcing effects of p-fluoro-l-deprenyl in monkeys

  • Sevil Yasar
  • Jozsef Gaal
  • Zuzana Justinova
  • Jack Bergman
Original Investigation



para-Fluoro-l-deprenyl (Fludepryl), a halogenated derivative of l-deprenyl, shares structural similarities with amphetamine and may have potential as a medication for psychostimulant abuse.


p-Fluoro-l-deprenyl was evaluated for psychomotor stimulant, discriminative stimulus, and reinforcing effects in squirrel monkeys.


One group of monkeys was trained under a ten-response fixed-ratio (FR10) schedule of stimulus termination to discriminate between methamphetamine (0.32 mg/kg, i.m.) and saline. Other monkeys were trained to self-administer i.v. cocaine under either a simple FR10 schedule or a second-order fixed-interval 5-min schedule with FR10 components.


Full generalization to the methamphetamine-training stimulus was produced by an i.m. dose of 10.0 mg/kg p-fluoro-l-deprenyl. l-Deprenyl and the metabolites of p-fluoro-l-deprenyl, p-fluoro-l-amphetamine, and p-fluoro-l-methylamphetamine were more potent, producing full generalization at doses of 1.0–3.2 mg/kg. Under the FR10 schedule of drug injection, persistent self-administration behavior was maintained by i.v. cocaine injections but not by injections of vehicle or injection doses of p-fluoro-l-deprenyl up to 1.0 mg/kg. However, p-fluoro-l-deprenyl did maintain moderate levels of i.v. self-administration responding under the second-order schedule of drug injection. Peak response rates maintained by 0.1-mg/kg injections of p-fluoro-l-deprenyl were significantly greater than those associated with saline substitution, yet significantly lower than those maintained by cocaine or d-amphetamine.


p-Fluoro-l-deprenyl has methamphetamine-like discriminative-stimulus properties in squirrel monkeys that appear at higher doses than for its parent compound, l-deprenyl. It also appears to function as a relatively limited reinforcer of intravenous self-administration behavior in monkeys trained to self-administer i.v. cocaine.


Amphetamine Cocaine Deprenyl Drug discrimination Methamphetamine p-Fluoro-l-deprenyl Self-administration Squirrel monkey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sevil Yasar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jozsef Gaal
    • 3
  • Zuzana Justinova
    • 2
  • Jack Bergman
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Geriatric Medicine and GerontologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Preclinical Pharmacology Section, Behavioral Neuroscience Research Branch, Department of Health and Human Services, Intramural Research ProgramNational Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.MegaPharma LtdBudapestHungary
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, ADARCMcLean HospitalBelmontUSA

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