Andrew J. Grottick

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These studies investigated the effects of antagonists selective for the 5-HT(2A), 5-HT(2B), or 5-HT(2C) receptor subtypes on behaviors elicited or maintained by cocaine. The selective 5-HT(2A) receptor antagonist M100907 (0.5 mg/kg, SC) attenuated the locomotor activity elicited by 10 mg/kg cocaine, whereas the selective 5-HT(2C) receptor antagonist(More)
The present series of studies were designed to investigate the 5-HT(2C) receptor agonist Ro 60-0175 on cocaine- and food-maintained behavior in the rat. Ro 60-0175 (0.1-3 mg/kg, s.c.) reduced cocaine (15 mg/kg, i.p.)-induced hyperactivity. This inhibitory effect of Ro 60-0175 (1 mg/kg, s.c.) was completely blocked by pretreatment with the selective 5-HT(2C)(More)
Nicotine can improve attentional functioning in humans, and a number of studies have recently demonstrated that under specific task conditions, nicotine can also improve attention in the rat. Neuronal nicotinic receptors comprise combinations of alpha(2-9) and beta(2-4) subunits, arranged to form a pentameric receptor, with the principal CNS subtypes(More)
5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)(2C) receptor agonists hold promise for the treatment of obesity. In this study, we describe the in vitro and in vivo characteristics of lorcaserin [(1R)-8-chloro-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-1-methyl-1H-3 benzazepine], a selective, high affinity 5-HT(2C) full agonist. Lorcaserin bound to human and rat 5-HT(2C) receptors with high affinity(More)
Neuronal nicotinic receptors are comprised of combinations of alpha(2-9) and beta(2-4) subunits arranged to form a pentameric receptor. Currently, the principal central nervous system (CNS) subtypes are believed to be alpha(4)beta(2) and a homomeric alpha(7) receptor, although other combinations almost certainly exist. The identity of the nicotinic receptor(More)
The goal of the present study was to better delineate the mechanisms of action of the prototypical hallucinogen LSD. LSD (0.03, 0.1 and 0.3 mg/kg, s.c.) produced locomotor hyperactivity, disruption of PPI and a number of behaviors indicative of 5-HT activation such as wet-dog shakes, back muscle contractions and forepaw treading. These various behavioral(More)
Identification of synthetic agonists and antagonists at orphan receptors represents an important step for understanding their physiological function and therapeutic potential. Accordingly, we have recently described a non-peptide agonist at the opioid receptor like (ORL1) receptor(More)
The cholinergic basal forebrain has been implicated in aspects of cognitive function including memory and attention, but the precise contribution of its major components, the basalocortical and the septohippocampal systems, remains unclear. Rats were subjected to lesions of either the nucleus basalis magnocellularis (Basalis), the medial septum/vertical(More)
Rationale: Various compounds believed to selectively interact with the 5-HT2C receptor have been demonstrated to alter the functioning of ascending dopamine systems. We postulated that this functional interaction may extend to the behavioural effects of drugs of abuse whose rewarding properties are critically dependent upon mesolimbic DA activity.(More)
Ro60-0175 has been described as a selective agonist at the 5-HT(2C) receptor, yet it has only 10- fold higher affinity at the 5-HT(2C) compared to the 5-HT(2A) subtype, and equivalent affinity for the 5-HT(2B) receptor. The selective 5-HT(2C) receptor antagonist SB242,084 (0.5 mg kg(-1) i.p.), blocked the hypoactivity and penile grooming induced by(More)