Dubravko R. Bokonjić

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The pharmacological approach, using subtype selective ligands, complements genetic studies on the specific contribution of individual receptor subtypes to the various effects of benzodiazepines. The aim of this study was to examine the relative significance of α1-containing GABAA receptors in the effects of modulators at the benzodiazepine site on anxiety(More)
Recent research using genetically modified mice has pointed to the specific contribution of individual receptor subtypes to the various effects of benzodiazepines. The aim of this study was to examine the relative significance of alpha(1)-containing GABA(A) receptors in the effects of modulators at the benzodiazepine site in the elevated plus-maze (EPM)(More)
Recent research on genetically modified mice has attributed the amnesic effect of benzodiazepines mainly to the alpha1-containing GABA(A) receptor subtypes. The pharmacological approach, using subtype selective ligands, is needed to complement genetic studies. We tested the effects of the non-selective antagonist flumazenil (0-20.0 mg/kg), the preferential(More)
Aminothiol amifostine (AMI) protects against toxic effects of both ionizing radiation and numerous anticancer drugs. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential protective effects of AMI against doxorubicin (DOX)-induced cardiotoxicity in rats. Male Wistar rats were treated with AMI (75 mg/kg i.p.) and/or DOX (1.25 mg/kg i.p.), 4 times per week,(More)
Ten days after bilateral electrolytic lesions of nucleus basalis magnocellularis (NBM) we tested behavioral (spontaneous motor activity, acquisition and performance of two-way active avoidance, fear-response in open field test, foot shock induced aggression, depression-response in learned helplessness test) and adaptive status (body temperature at standard,(More)
Cytokines are essential mediators of immune response and inflammatory reactions. Patients with chronic renal failure and on Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis commonly present abnormalities of immune function related to impaired kidney function, accumulation of uremic toxins and bioincompatibility of peritoneal dialysis solutions. Aim of this study(More)
Data about the role of nitric oxide (NO) in epileptogenesis are contradictory. It is found to exert both proconvulsant and anticonvulsant effects. In an attempt to elucidate the role of NO in seizures, male Wistar rats were treated intraperitoneally by pentylenetetrazol (PTZ) (60, 80, and 100 mg/kg) and by a nitric oxide synthase antagonist,(More)
It is known that the antineoplastic drug adriamycin (ADR) can cause cardiotoxic effects. Some data imply that pretreatment with selenium (Se) and the radio- and chemoprotector, amifostine (WR-2721), may confer a protective effect. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of single doses of Se and WR-2721, alone or in combination, in the prevention(More)
The present experiment was carried out to determine the effectiveness of nitric oxide synthase inhibitors: 7-nitroindazole and aminoguanidine in modulating the toxicity of aluminium chloride on acetylcholine esterase activity, as well as behavioural and morphological changes of Wistar rats. For biochemical analysis the animals were killed 10 min, 3 h, 3(More)
It is well known that disturbance of calcium homeostasis has a significant role in the development of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Our recent data suggest that acute treatment with the calcium antagonist verapamil can improve some behavioral deficits in an experimental model of AD. Therefore, the present study was done to(More)