Similar anxiolytic-like effects following intra-amygdala infusions of benzodiazepine receptor agonist and antagonist: evidence for the release of an endogenous benzodiazepine inverse agonist in mice exposed to elevated plus-maze test.

@article{Barbalho2009SimilarAE,
  title={Similar anxiolytic-like effects following intra-amygdala infusions of benzodiazepine receptor agonist and antagonist: evidence for the release of an endogenous benzodiazepine inverse agonist in mice exposed to elevated plus-maze test.},
  author={Cilene Aparecida Barbalho and Ricardo Luiz Nunes-de-Souza and Azair Canto-de-Souza},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2009},
  volume={1267},
  pages={65-76}
}
Previous studies have demonstrated that microinjections of midazolam, a benzodiazepine receptor agonist, into the amygdala produce anxiolytic-like effects in elevated plus-maze (EPM)-naïve rodents. However, systemic or intracerebral administration of benzodiazepines (BDZ) fails to alter anxiety in maze-experienced animals, a phenomenon defined as "one trial tolerance" (OTT). This study focused on the effects of intra-amygdala infusion of midazolam in maze-experienced mice. In addition, the… CONTINUE READING