M G Kolta

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MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine) is a recreational drug of abuse known as "Ecstasy" which markedly decreases regional brain serotonin (5-HT) content and produces 5-HT nerve terminal degeneration in forebrain areas of the rat. In order to determine the acute and chronic behavioral effects of MDMA, adult rats were given MDMA at 0, 5 or 10 mg/kg, po for 4(More)
These experiments were designed to examine the time course of development of the enhanced stereotyped behavioral response to amphetamine after withdrawal from chronic pretreatment with amphetamine and to determine whether this time course correlates with that of the enhancement in the amphetamine-induced stimulation of the release of dopamine (DA) from(More)
Male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered 25 mg/kg, intraperitoneally (i.p.) cocaine-HCI twice daily for 14 consecutive days (total of 50 mg/kg), while control animals received an equivalent volume of 0.9% saline. After three days of withdrawal, the animals were sacrificed for dissection of striatal (STR) and nucleus accumbens (NA) brain regions. The(More)
The present study was designed to examine the effect of pretreatment with amphetamine on the ability of amphetamine to release dopamine from slices of the nucleus accumbens and striatum and to stimulate locomotor activity or stereotyped behavior, after direct injection into either the nucleus accumbens or the striatum. Rats were injected twice daily for 5(More)
Repeated administration of amphetamine to adult rats results in enhanced behavioral responses to subsequent amphetamine exposure. These experiments were designed to determine the earliest age at which behavioral sensitization to amphetamine could be detected. Rats from both sexes (n = 6-8/group) at ages of 1, 7, 21 or 49 postnatal days (PNDs) were injected(More)
After rats were chronically pretreated with methylphenidate (MP), the stereotyped behavioral response to amphetamine (AMPH) was significantly enhanced. In addition, after this pretreatment, the AMPH-induced release of endogenous dopamine from slices of striatum and nucleus accumbens was also enhanced. These effects of MP pretreatment are similar to those(More)
This study was designed to examine the role of endogenous opioid peptide mediation of elevated pain threshold in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats with long-term diabetes mellitus induced by streptozotocin (STZ). Diabetes resulted in a significant elevation in pain threshold as measured by the tail-flick and/or hotplate latency tests. The hypoalgesic response(More)
The present study examines the effects of dopaminergic system modulation on nociceptive response time in male diabetic rats. In this study, diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (STZ, 45 mg/kg) in adult male Sprague-Dawley rats. Insulin replacement therapy was initiated 6 weeks after the induction of diabetes for one-half of the diabetic group (1.5-2.5(More)
Pregnant female Sprague-Dawley rats were injected once daily with either 40 mg/kg cocaine hydrochloride or 0.9% saline from gestation day (GD)12 to GD 21. On postnatal day (PND)30, male offspring were sacrificed and fresh tissue from the striatum (ST) and nucleus accumbens (NA) was dissected for assessment of dopamine (DA) receptor affinity, DA uptake and(More)
The present study examines the changes in central monoamines and their metabolites in aged male and female rats after long-term caloric restriction. Fischer 344 rats of both sexes (n = 5-10/group) were maintained on one of two dietary regimens: ad libitum NIH 31 diet or 60% by weight of the ad lib. intake (restricted), supplemented with vitamins and(More)