J M Scalzitti

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Opiate agonists exhibiting selectivity for mu, kappa, sigma, and delta opiate receptors were microinjected into the periaqueductal gray region (PAG) of the brain of rats to determine the receptor subtype(s) associated with the initiation of descending pain inhibition. The spinally organized, heat nociceptive tail-flick reflex was used to detect analgesia.(More)
Both humans and experimental animals demonstrate gender differences in response to cocaine. However, the mechanisms underlying these differences remain unclear. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether ovarian steroid hormones play a role in the locomotor response to cocaine in rats. Initial assessments of locomotor activity measured using(More)
We have previously observed that intracerebroventricular infusion of a 5-HT2A receptor antisense oligonucleotide for 8 days results in an increase in cortical 5-HT2A receptor sites and an increase in central 5-HT2A receptor function as measured by quantitation of 5-HT2A receptor-mediated headshake behavior (28). Because lesioning serotonergic neurons or(More)
The regulation of 5-HT2A receptor expression by an antisense oligodeoxynucleotide, complementary to the coding region of rat 5-HT2A receptor mRNA, was examined in a cortically derived cell line and in rat brain. Treatment of A1A1 variant cells, which express the 5-HT2A receptor coupled to the stimulation of phosphatidylinositol (PI) hydrolysis, with(More)
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