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RATIONALE Drugs of abuse are initially used because of their rewarding properties. As a result of repeated drug exposure, sensitization to certain behavioral effects of drugs occurs, which may facilitate the development of addiction. Recent studies have implicated the metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGlu5 receptor) in drug reward, but its role in(More)
In heterogeneous seeking–taking (ST) chain schedules of self-administration, seeking rewards and taking rewards are distinct actions, giving animals explicit control over their intake of the reward. However, the neurobehavioral characteristics of ST chain schedules are relatively unexplored. This study was made to evaluate two variants of ST chain schedules(More)
Dopaminergic neurotransmission in the dorsal and ventral striatum is thought to be involved in distinct aspects of cocaine addiction. Ventral striatal dopamine mediates the acute reinforcing properties of cocaine, whereas dopamine in the dorsolateral striatum (DLS) is thought to become involved in later stages of the addiction process to mediate(More)
We studied the long-term effect of neonatal treatment with the synthetic glucocorticoid dexamethasone (DEX) on stress responsivity later in life. It was found that the plasma adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) and corticosterone (CORT) responses induced by novelty or conditioned fear stress were markedly attenuated in adult rats that had been neonatally(More)
The effects of repeated exposure to a novel test box on cardiac and behavioral activities (locomotion, rearing, grooming, scanning, and immobility) were studied in rats tested during the dark phase ("dark" rats) or the light phase ("light" rats) of the lighting cycle, using a telemetry system for registration of ECGs during the first and fifth tests. Heart(More)
Day 7 amygdala-lesioned (D7 AMX) rats have been proposed as a model for neurodevelopmental psychopathological disorders such as schizophrenia. Patients with schizophrenia are sensitive to stress and show an impaired hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal response to certain stressful stimuli. Therefore, we investigated neuroendocrine and behavioral stress responses(More)
Grooming behaviour induced by exposure to a novel environment was studied in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive Wistar-Kyoto rats (WKY). The dopamine D1 receptor antagonist, SCH 23390, and the dopamine D2 receptor agonist, quinpirole, were used to study brain dopamine systems in these rat strains, via their effects on grooming behaviour.(More)
Drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. Contemporary addiction theories state that loss of control over drug use is mediated by a combination of several processes, including a transition from goal-directed to habitual forms of drug seeking and taking, and a breakdown of the prefrontally-mediated cognitive(More)
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