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Using polyclonal antibody against dopamine D4 receptor we investigated cortical distribution of D4 receptors, with the special emphasis on regions of the prefrontal cortex. Prefrontal cortex is regarded as a target for neuroleptic drugs, and engaged in the regulation of the psychotic effects of various substances used in the experimental modeling of(More)
In the present study, we investigated whether the antagonist of 5-HT1A receptors, WAY 100135, was capable of modifying the psychostimulant and psychotomimetic effects of MK-801, a non-competitive antagonist of NMDA receptors. It was found that: 1) WAY 100135 (10 and 20 mg/kg, but not 1.25, 2.5, and 5 mg/kg) transiently, in a dose dependent manner,(More)
Repeated treatment with fluoxetine and citalopram, which are potent 5-HT reuptake inhibitors, resulted in different regulation of 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 receptors in the rat brain. Their effects were compared with those of other antidepressants: imipramine, mianserin and levoprotiline. The density of 5-HT1A receptors, labelled with [3H]8-OH-DPAT, in the rat(More)
Recent data indicating that addictive substances are able to alter brain plasticity and its morphology inclined us to determine whether acute and chronic cocaine administration could modify the expression of a polysialylated form of the neuronal cell adhesion molecule (PSA-NCAM) in the dentate gyrus of the rat hippocampus. Alterations in the PSA-NCAM(More)
Recent evidence indicates that the polysialylated neural cell adhesion molecule (PSA-NCAM) is involved in hippocampal plasticity. On the other hand, CB1 receptor activation is known to disturb some hippocampal processes involving plastic changes, such as learning and memory. Therefore, the present study investigated the effect of HU-210, a CB1 receptor(More)
Exposure of alcohol addicts to alcohol-related environmental cues may elicit alcohol-seeking behavior and lead to relapse to heavy drinking. The aim of the present study was to identify brain regions activated by alcohol (ethanol)-related stimuli in Wistar rats trained to lever press for 8% ethanol solution in operant self-administration cages. Ethanol(More)
Activation of aryl hydrocarbon receptors (AhRs) induces neuronal damage, but the mechanism by which this occurs is largely unknown. This study evaluated the effects of an AhR agonist, beta-naphthoflavone, on apoptotic pathways in mouse primary neuronal cell cultures. beta-Naphthoflavone (0.1-100 micronhanced caspase-3 activity and lactate dehydrogenase(More)
In the present study, we investigated both the effect of ipsapirone on the dopamine outflow and its selectivity towards 5-HT1A receptors in the rat prefrontal cortex. Using a brain microdialysis method in freely moving animals, it was found that ipsapirone, 5 and 10 mg/kg dose-dependently enhanced the outflow of dopamine, while 2.5 mg/kg was ineffective.(More)
AMPA receptor activation has been demonstrated to increase the neuronal expression of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). In the present study, we investigated the effect of a novel AMPA receptor potentiator (LY404187) and its active isomer (LY451646) on the expression of BDNF protein and mRNA, as well as TrkB mRNA in rat hippocampus. LY404187(More)
In the present study, detailed information is presented on the hetero-dimerization of the serotonin 5-HT(2A) receptor and the dopamine D(2) receptor. Biophysical approaches (fluorescence spectroscopy as well as fluorescence lifetime microscopy) were used to determine the degree of fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between cyan and yellow(More)