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Psychopharmacology

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 269–274 | Cite as

Hyperthermia induced by m-CPP in the rat and its modification by antidepressant treatments

  • K. M. Wozniak
  • C. S. Aulakh
  • J. L. Hill
  • D. L. Murphy
Original Investigations

Abstract

Administration of the serotonin agonist m-chlorophenylpiperazine to rats produced a dose-related hyperthermia. Pretreatment with the serotonin receptor antagonist metergoline totally abolished this response, whereas similar treatment with haloperidol, phenoxybenzamine, naloxone, clonidine, pindolol, propranolol, methiotepin, and ritanserin was ineffective. In studies investigating the modification of the response by antidepressant treatments both acute (3 day) and chronic (22 day) administration of the MAO inhibitor clorgyline, as well as the tricyclics clomipramine and imipramine, attenuated the hyperthermic response to m-CPP. These findings are discussed with regard to the specificity of m-CPP-induced hyperthermia and its subsequent modification by antidepressant treatments, in order to evaluate this model's use as a probe for assessment of the serotonergic system.

Key words

m-CPP Temperature Clorgyline Clomipramine Imipramine Antidepressant 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Wozniak
    • 1
  • C. S. Aulakh
    • 1
  • J. L. Hill
    • 1
  • D. L. Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Clinical ScienceNational Institute of Mental Health, N.I.H. Clinical CenterBethesdaUSA

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