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The effects of 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist buspirone, a nonselective (diazepam), and a selective (zolpidem) GABA(A) receptor agonist were compared in the open field test of neophobia. Unhabituated rats were pretreated with the drugs once, prior to a first exposure to the open field, and their behavior was recorded both during this test and during a second(More)
Propensity for drug dependence shows great diversity that is related to intrinsic neurobiological factors. This diversity is important both for the understanding of these traits and for the development of therapies. The goals of the study were (1) to define, using ultrasonic vocalization characteristics, inter-individual differences in rats’ propensity for(More)
The opposite effects of the classical antipsychotic, haloperidol, and atypical neuroleptic, olanzapine, in the rat ultrasonic vocalization test of anxiety were observed. The present data are discussed in relation to growing body of evidence of specific brain biochemical changes after pretreatment with different antipsychotics.
The present study was designed to determine the role of the kynurenine pathway (KP) in the mechanism of action of valproate (VPA). Therefore, we investigated changes in the concentrations of tryptophan (TRP), kynurenic acid (KYNA), and kynurenine (KYN) in the brain and plasma following VPA administration (50, 250 and 500mg/kg i.p.). The most important(More)
This is the first study designed to compare the pattern of stimulation of c-Fos in selected brain structures after an acute administration of morphine and methadone. Methadone and morphine induced activation of c-Fos protein in the terminal forebrain projecting areas of the brain dopaminergic system, i.e. the striatum and nucleus accumbens. Taking into(More)
The aim of the study was to examine the neurochemical background of differences in the individual responses to conditioned aversive stimuli, using the strength of a rat conditioned freezing response (the contextual fear test), as a discriminating variable. It was shown that low responders (LR), i.e. rats with duration of a freezing response one standard(More)
This work attempted to "biochemically" map the brain structures that are recruited at the different stages of pentylenetetrazole (PTZ) kindling (in a model of temporal lobe epilepsy induced by a repeated, systemic administration of PTZ, at a subconvulsive dose of 35 mg/kg). We observed substantial changes in the levels of noradrenaline (NA),(More)
This study assessed behaviour, as measured by 50kHz calls related to positive affect, in rats with different fear conditioned response strengths: low-anxiety rats (LR) and high-anxiety rats (HR), after amphetamine injection in a two-injection protocol (TIPS). The results showed that the first dose of amphetamine evoked similar behavioural effects in(More)
The effects of repeated administration of nicotine on contextual fear conditioning, locomotor activity, and pain threshold, were examined in rats. It was found that a single injection of nicotine prior to the training session (three 0.7-mA footshocks, each 0.5 s long), decreased the freezing reaction during the retest 24 h later. The locomotor activity was(More)
The contribution of GABAergic mechanisms to rat emotional behavior in two animal models of anxiety (open field test of neophobia and aversively conditioned freezing reaction), was confirmed by pharmacological analysis, using anxiolytic (midazolam) and anxiogenic (picrotoxin) compounds. Both substances are known to modulate GABA(A) receptors' activity in a(More)