Mi. Granoff et Cr. Ashby, Effect of the repeated administration of (+/-)-3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine on the behavioral response of rats to the 5-HT1A receptor agonist (+/-)-8-hydroxy-(di-n-propylamino)Tetralin, NEUROPSYCHB, 43(1), 2001, pp. 42-48
In this study, we examined the effect of the subcutaneous administration (t
wice daily for 4 consecutive days) of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MD
MA, 20 mg/kg) or saline (1 ml/kg) on the response of rats to the behavioral
effects of the 5-HT1A agonist (+/-)-8-hydroxy-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (
8-OH-DPAT) 30 days after the last saline or MDMA treatment. The reciprocal
forepaw treading elicited by the 0,25-mg/kg dose of 8-OH-DPAT was significa
ntly lower in animals pretreated with MDMA compared to vehicle-treated anim
als. However, there were no significant differences between the MDMA- and v
ehicle-treated animals in flat body posture, locomotor activity and rectal
temperature measured after the systemic administration of 8-OH-DPAT. Overal
l, our results suggest that the depletion of 5-HT levels by the repeated ad
ministration of MDMA does not produce a supersensitivity of central 5-HT1A
receptors in the rat as determined via our approach. Copyright (C) 2001 S.
Karger AG, Basel.