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In unanesthetized rats the intravenous administration of low doses of ethanol (0.125-0.5 g/kg) produced a dose-dependent increase (30-80%) in the firing rate of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA). In agreement with previous observations, a dose range between 0.5 and 2 g/mg of ethanol was needed to produce comparable stimulant(More)
Intraventricular (i.c.v.) injection of d(CH2)5-Tyr(Me)-[Orn8]vasotocin, a potent oxytocin antagonist, antagonized in a dose-dependent manner (10-100 ng) penile erection and yawning induced by the systemic injection of apomorphine (80 micrograms/kg s.c.) or by the i.c.v. injection of oxytocin (30 ng). In contrast, the oxytocin antagonist, even at the dose of(More)
Bromocriptine produces long-lasting hypomotility and decreases brain dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) in mice. These effects are obtained with doses much lower than those which produce hypermotility. The decrease of brain DOPAC is correlated to the hypomotility both on a dose and on a time basis. Potent DA receptor blockers as pimozide, benzperidol and(More)