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The effects of neuropeptide Y (NPY), a tyrosine-rich peptide found in the rat brain, on feeding and sexual behavior were studied in male and female rats. Intraventricular (ivt) injections of NPY during the final hours of the light period induced feeding in a dose-related manner. While the lowest dose tested (0.02 nM) was without effect, higher doses (0.12,(More)
Yohimbine hydrochloride, an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist, increased sexual motivation in male rats as evidenced by increased mounting performance in mating tests conducted after genital anesthetization, increased percentage of male rats ejaculating in their first heterosexual encounter, and induction of copulatory behavior in sexually inactive male rats.(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) has been implicated in the control of ingestive, cardiovascular, and reproductive function. Blood pressure and sexual function were examined in Long-Evans rats receiving 6% ethanol-containing or calorically matched liquid diets, or rat chow ad lib. After 12 weeks of exposure, rats were sacrificed and plasma hormone levels and NPY(More)
Pharmacologic dopamine receptor stimulation by RDS-127 (2-N,N-di-n-propylamino-4,7-dimethoxyindane) resulted in qualitatively different changes in the mating pattern depending on the dose administered and time elapsed between treatment and behavioral observation. A low dose (0.25 mg/kg) selectively increased the latency to ejaculation whereas a high dose(More)
Selective changes in the mating pattern occurred 30 minutes following administration of RDS-127 (3.0 mg/kg, IP) to sexually experienced adult male rats. Marked decreases in intromission frequency and ejaculation latency were observed. These data indicate a potent effect upon conummatory mechanisms underlying copulatory behavior. The lack of effect upon(More)
Administration of RDS-127 (3.0 mg/kg) induced seminal emission within three minutes of IP injection and suppressed the display of penile reflexes in intact and spinally transected rats. In Experiment 1, RDS-127 was administered to intact, sexually experienced rats in a protocol previously demonstrated to selectively lower the ejaculatory threshold of(More)
RDS-127, in a dose-related manner, induced seminal emission ex copula after intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration. In mating tests initiated 6 min after i.c.v. administration, RDS-127 induced decreases in ejaculation latency and intromission frequency, with some rats ejaculating on the initial intromission. Additionally, penile reflexes were(More)
Clonidine, a commonly used antihypertensive agent believed to act by stimulation of central alpha-adrenoceptors, produced a dose-related suppression of ejaculatory behavior in sexually vigorous male rats throughout the range of treatment (0.0125-0.5 mg/kg). Treatment with 0.25 mg/kg virtually eliminated ejaculatory behavior, without altering the number of(More)
Yohimbine HCL (2 mg/kg, 20 min prior to testing) administration was followed by significant decreases in the latencies to initial mount, intromission and ejaculation in castrated male rats bearing 2 mm testosterone-containing Silastic capsules 51 days after castration. Further, yohimbine stimulated copulatory activity in castrated, nonhormone-treated male(More)
Apomorphine (APO), the prototypical dopamine agonist, produced different effects on the copulatory patterns of sexually vigorous male rats depending on the dose, the time between treatment and behavioral observation and the age of the animals. Prior to any drug treatment, middle-aged males (13 months of age) exhibited prolonged latencies to ejaculation and(More)