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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)
In vivo brain microdialysis was used to monitor changes in dopamine (DA) release in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) during anticipatory and consummatory components of feeding behavior. During 10 daily training sessions, rats were first confined to one compartment of a testing chamber for 10 minutes. During this period (anticipatory phase) they were prevented(More)
The present paper reviews evidence on the effect of antidepressant treatments on dopamine transmission. Chronic treatment with antidepressant drugs potentiates the behavioural stimulant responses elicited by the stimulation of dopamine receptors, including reward-related behaviours. Moreover, antidepressants affect dopamine release in several brain areas.(More)
Dietary (n-3) long-chain PUFA [(n-3) LCPUFA] ameliorate several metabolic risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, although the mechanisms of these beneficial effects are not fully understood. In this study, we compared the effects of dietary (n-3) LCPUFA, in the form of either fish oil (FO) or krill oil (KO) balanced for eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and(More)
Evidence recently provided has suggested a specific involvement of the GABAergic system in modulating positive reinforcing properties of several drugs of abuse through an action on mesolimbic dopaminergic neurons. The GABA(B) receptor agonist baclofen has been proposed as a potential therapeutic agent for the clinical treatment of several forms of drug(More)
The effect of an intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of the oxytocin antagonist, d(CH2)5Tyr(Me)-Orn8-vasotocin, on the copulatory behaviour of vigorous male rats in the presence of females in estrus was studied. The peptide (2.5, 25 and 50 ng, 15 min before mating tests) decreased the number of mounts and intromissions, and abolished ejaculation(More)
Vitamin A and its derivatives, retinoids, are involved in the regulation of gene expression by binding two nuclear receptor families, retinoic acid receptors and retinoid X receptors. Retinoid receptors are highly expressed in the striatum, revealing an involvement of this system in the control of movement as demonstrated by previous observations in(More)
Yawning was induced in rats by the (+) enantiomer of 3PPP, while (-)-3PPP was inactive. Yawning was present 24, but not 1, 6 and 12 h after reserpine treatment. The (+)-3PPP-induced yawning was antagonized by haloperidol and sulpiride but not by domperidone. Reserpine-induced yawning was antagonized by sulpiride and by alpha-methyltyrosine suggesting that(More)
The effect of SCH 23390, a selective blocker of D-1 receptors, on apomorphine-induced behavioural and EEG changes was studied in rats. In control rats, a low dose of apomorphine (50 micrograms/kg s.c.) produced sedation associated with EEG synchronization. A high dose of apomorphine (1 mg/kg s.c.) produced stereotypy associated with EEG desynchronization.(More)