, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 159–162 | Cite as

Reduction of alcohol selection by pargyline in mice

  • Barbara Sanders
  • Allan C. Collins
  • Victor H. Wesley
Animal Studies


Drugs which increase brain levels of serotonin (5-HT) have frequently been found to cause a decrease in voluntary ethanol consumption. Results obtained with parachlorophenylalanine (pCPA), which decreases 5-HT, have been less consistent. The present investigation compared the effects of pCPA on alcohol selection with those of pargyline, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor which increases brain levels of 5-HT. Ingestion of a 10% ethanol solution was assessed in male C57BL/6J mice given daily injections of 250 or 300 mg/kg pCPA, 50 mg/kg pargyline, or saline. An additional control group received no treatment. A two-bottle preference procedure was employed, and ethanol and water intake were recorded during a pretreatment period (11 days), a treatment period (8 days), and a posttreatment period (10 days). Like other agents which increase 5-HT, pargyline produced a depression in ethanol intake which lasted beyond the time of drug administration. pCPA had no effect on ethanol ingestion either during the period of drug administration or afterwards.

Key words

Alcohol selection Pargyline Parachlorophenylalanine (pCPA) Serotonin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Sanders
    • 1
  • Allan C. Collins
    • 1
  • Victor H. Wesley
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Behavioral GeneticsUniversity of ColoradoBoulder

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