Differential effects of naloxone and diprenorphine on defensive behaviour in rats.

Two opiate antagonists, naloxone and diprenorphine, were used to examine the proposed involvement of endogenous opioid mechanisms in the modulation of shock-induced defensive behaviour patterns in rats. Naloxone was found to exert a biphasic influence on defensive fighting, with small dose (0.1 mg/kg) facilitation and large dose (10 mg/kg) inhibition. This… (More)