Aaron L. Cardon

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Conditioned place preference (CPP), a commonly used model for studying the role of contextual cues in drug reward and drug seeking, was employed to explore possible behavioral interactions between (+/-)3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA; "ecstasy") and cocaine. On each of four occasions, adult male rats received one of three doses of MDMA (0 mg/kg, 5(More)
RATIONALE Intravenous self-administration of cocaine at low doses is increased by chronic low-level exposure to lead during gestation and lactation (perinatal lead exposure). Insofar as drug potency is increased by early lead exposure, it must be considered that cocaine-seeking and relapse after periods of withdrawal similarly may be enhanced by perinatal(More)
RATIONALE Developmental lead exposure has been found to produce differential patterns of drug self-administration in adult animals. OBJECTIVES The present study examined the effects of perinatal (gestation/lactation) lead exposure on adult patterns of heroin self-administration. METHODS Female rats were gavaged daily with 0 mg or 16 mg lead for 30 days(More)
The present investigation examined the effects of perinatal lead exposure on cocaine self-administration following a GABAA antagonist pretreatment. Female rats were exposed to either 0 or 16 mg lead daily for 30 days prior to breeding with unexposed males. Beginning on postnatal day (PND) 75, control (N=10) and lead-exposed (N=8) animals were trained to(More)
The rate of acquisition of drug self-administration may serve as a predictor of later drug-taking behavior, possibly influencing the vulnerability to use drugs. The present study examined the effects of perinatal (gestation/lactation) lead exposure on adult rates of acquisition of intravenous cocaine self-administration using an automated procedure that(More)
This investigation examined the effects of perinatal cadmium exposure on subsequent self-administration of cocaine during the adult cycle. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were gavaged daily with 0.0 (14% sucrose solution, w/v) or 5.0 mg cadmium chloride (dissolved in 14% sucrose solution, w/v) for 30 days prior to breeding with non-exposed males. Dams continued(More)
Adenylosuccinate lyase (ADSL) deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive neurometabolic disorder that presents with a broad-spectrum of neurological and physiological symptoms. The ADSL gene produces an enzyme with binary molecular roles in de novo purine synthesis and purine nucleotide recycling. The biochemical phenotype of ADSL deficiency, accumulation of(More)
The purpose of this investigation was to determine if perinatal lead exposure alters the conditioned reinforcing properties of morphine when offspring were tested as adults. Dams were gavaged daily with 0- (sodium acetate) or 16-mg lead (as lead acetate) for 30 days prior to breeding with nonexposed males. Administration continued through gestation and(More)
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