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cDNA clones of a neuronal-specific mRNA encoding a novel 25-kD synaptosomal protein, SNAP-25, that is widely, but differentially expressed by diverse neuronal subpopulations of the mammalian nervous system have been isolated and characterized. The sequence of the SNAP-25 cDNA revealed a single open reading frame that encodes a primary translation product of(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)
Although the amygdala complex has long been known to exert a profound influence on cardiovascular activity, the neuronal and connectional substrate mediating these influences remains unclear. This paper describes a direct amygdaloid projection to medullary sensory and motor structures involved in cardiovascular regulation, the nucleus of the solitary tract(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 Serotonin (5-HT) has been linked to impulsivity with recent data suggesting that different receptor sub-types exert opposing influences on this behaviour. OBJECTIVES This work characterised the effects of 5-HT(2A) (ketanserin, (+/-)2,3-dimethoxyphenyl-1-[2-4-(piperidine)-methanol] [M100907]), 5-HT(2B) (6-chloro-5-methyl-1-(5-quinolylcarbamoyl)(More)
In the present series of studies, we have investigated the effects of antagonists selective for the 5-HT(2A), 5-HT(2B) and 5-HT(2C) receptors on motor and 'impulsive'-type behaviours elicited by the non-competitive N-methyl- d-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist dizocilpine. The selective 5-HT(2A) receptor antagonist M100,907 (0.5 mg/kg) attenuated the(More)
RATIONALE Various compounds believed to selectively interact with the 5-HT(2C) 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)
We have characterised the effects of the recently described NMDA NR2B subtype selective antagonist, Ro 63-1908, on spontaneous behaviour and in tasks sensitive to non-selective NMDA antagonists. In both rats and wild type mice, Ro 63-1908 (1-30mg/kg sc) produced a mild increase in motor activity of lesser magnitude than that elicited by dizocilpine. No(More)
The 5-HT2C antagonist SB-242084 was examined in various anxiety tests at doses based on reversal of mCPP-induced hypoactivity (0.1--3 mg/kg ip). In the elevated plus-maze task, SB-242084 exhibited signs of anxiolysis (time spent, distance travelled, and entries into open arms), but this was potentially confounded by its general increase of locomotion;(More)