Bombesin-induced grooming in the golden hamster.

  title={Bombesin-induced grooming in the golden hamster.},
  author={Paul J Kulkosky and M A Foderaro and G W Glazner and V I Niichel and Paul Schnur},
  journal={Behavioural brain research},
  volume={29 1-2},
Lateral cerebroventricular injection of the peptide bombesin (0.01-1.0 micrograms) promptly elicited excessive grooming and scratching behaviors in home-caged male and female golden hamsters. Bombesin-induced grooming persisted throughout a 60-min observation period at doses of 0.1-1.0 micrograms. Grooming with forepaws and mouth was more consistently increased than hindleg scratching behaviors. Dependence of this neuropeptide effect on grooming on muscarinic cholinergic activity was assessed… CONTINUE READING