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To ascertain whether the cannabinoid agonist HU 210 (25, 50, or 100 microg/kg, IP) influences rat spatial learning, water-maze performance was examined in the place (hidden platform)--and cue (visible platform)--versions of the Morris water maze. In addition, other unlearned behaviors were examined, namely, vocalization and wall hugging during the place(More)
Acute injection of the cannabinoid agonist HU 210 (6.25-100 microg/kg, i.p.) dose-dependently inhibited rat locomotor activity and rearing, while subchronic treatment with the drug (once daily for 7 days) at the same doses only diminished locomotion. Acute but not subchronic administration of HU 210 (12.5-50 microg/kg, i.p.) potently counteracted acute and(More)
The behavioral response to acute tissue injury is usually characterized by different phases, but the brain mechanisms underlying changes in pain-related behavior over time are still poorly understood. We aimed to analyze time-dependent changes in metabolic activity levels of 49 forebrain structures in the formalin pain model, using the autoradiographic(More)
Preliminary behavioral experiments in rats with the cannabinoid agonist HU 210 (12.5-100 microg/kg i.p.) showed that it has a potent cannabimimetic profile similar to that of delta9THC; the drug dose dependently depressed locomotor activity, rearing, and grooming and elicited vocalization and circling at the highest doses. In subsequent studies on pigeons,(More)
The influence of the DA D2 antagonist (-) eticlopride on cocaine- and DA D2 agonist-induced behavioral effects was investigated by means of two series of experiments, in rats. In the first 10-day series, coadministration of (-) eticlopride (10 and 50 micrograms/kg, SC) always potently inhibited cocaine (15 mg/kg, IP)-induced hypermotility but did not modify(More)
The present study investigates the effects induced by the putative DA D3 agonist 7-OH-DPAT (0.1 and 1 mg/kg, s.c.) on: (1) the sexual behavior of male rats, categorized on the basis of seven consecutive mating pre-tests as sexually-active (SA) and sexually-inactive (SI); and (2) stretching-yawning, penile erection, sedation and stereotyped behavior of the(More)
Experiments were performed on groups of rats after acute and sub-chronic treatment (once daily for 9 days) with the cannabinoid agonist HU 210 (25-100 microg kg(-1), i.p.) as well as 24 h and 7 days after the last drug injection. The animals underwent three behavioural tests in novel environments. In the observation cages (Test 1), rat locomotor activity(More)
The present study investigates the effects induced by sildenafil (1 mg/kg, p.o.) and the dopamine agonist, SND 919 (0.1 mg/kg, i.p.) on copulatory behaviour of male rats, categorized, on the basis of seven consecutive mating pre-tests, as sluggish and normal ejaculators (SE and NE, respectively). The data obtained show that sildenafil modifies both sexual(More)
It has been previously reported that brain hydrogen sulfide (H2S) synthesis is severely decreased in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, and plasma H2S levels are negatively correlated with the severity of AD. Here we extensively investigated whether treatment with a H2S donor and spa-waters rich in H2S induces neuroprotection and slows down progression of(More)
The effects of the selective D2 DA receptor antagonist, (-)eticlopride, a drug belonging to the benzamide class, were investigated on the D2 DA agonist SND 919- and CQP 201-403-induced stereotyped behaviour and on CQP 201-403-induced shaking, in rats, and on isolation-induced aggression, in mice. (-)Eticlopride was also tested over a wide dose range (5-1200(More)