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Antidepressant-like activity of magnesium in forced swim test (FST) was demonstrated previously. Also, enhancement of such activity by joint administration of magnesium and antidepressants was shown. However, the mechanism(s) involved in such activity remain to be established. In the present study we examined the involvement of NMDA/glutamate pathway in the(More)
The effect of joint administration of imipramine (IMI) and magnesium (Mg) on antidepressant-like activity was studied in mice using forced swim test (FST). Mg doses ineffective per se (5 and 10 mg/kg) given jointly with IMI also at ineffective doses (10 and 15 mg/kg) resulted in a potent reduction in the immobility time. Since these combined treatments did(More)
Recent preclinical data indicated the antidepressant-like activity of zinc in different tests and models of depression. The present study investigates the involvement of the serotonergic system in zinc activity in the forced swim test (FST) in mice and rats. The combined treatment of sub-effective doses of zinc (hydroaspartate, 2.5 mg Zn/kg) and citalopram(More)
Malignant hyperthermia (MH) may result from increased intracellular calcium concentrations. Increased 1,4,5-IP3 concentrations could mediate this increase in Ca2+. In this study we measured inositol polyphosphates in selectively bred MH susceptible (MHS) and MH non-susceptible (MHN) swine. MH crisis was induced by halothane challenge, and dantrolene was(More)
The protective efficacy of phenobarbital (PB, 120 min before testing) and valproate (VPA, 30 min before testing) alone or combined with aminophylline (a single dose of 50 mg/kg, 3-day or 14-day administration twice daily 50 mg/kg at 8.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m.) was evaluated against maximal electroshock-induced seizures (MES) in male mice. All drugs were given(More)
Zinc and magnesium are potent inhibitors of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor complex. Recent data demonstrate that both zinc and magnesium, like other NMDA receptor antagonists, exhibit antidepressant-like activity in rodent screening tests and depression models. In the present study, we investigated the effect of D-serine (agonist for the(More)
Altered function of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the brain has recently been associated with an idiopathic form of partial epilepsy, suggesting that functional alterations of these receptors can be involved in the processes leading to epileptic seizures. Thus, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors may form a novel target for antiepileptic drug(More)
The use of benzodiazepines (BDZs) in the long-term treatment of epilepsy is greatly restricted by their capacity to induce tolerance and dependence. Thus, the development of new BDZ-related therapeutic agents should be directed by strategies that minimize tolerance- and dependence-inducing properties. Experimental procedures used to determine the success of(More)
Antidepressant-like activity of zinc in the forced swim test (FST) was demonstrated previously. Enhancement of such activity by joint administration of zinc and antidepressants was also shown. However, mechanisms involved in this activity have not yet been established. The present study examined the involvement of the NMDA and AMPA receptors in zinc(More)
PURPOSE D-Cycloserine (DCS) is a high-efficacy partial agonist at the strychnine-insensitive glycine modulatory site within the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor/ionophore complex. Previous studies demonstrated that DCS exhibits anticonvulsant activity in a variety of experimental epilepsy models. In this study, we determined the influence of DCS in(More)