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Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior

Biphasic effects of dopamine agonist N-0434 on locomotor behaviors in rats.


PMID 8097043

Abstract

The effects of a dopamine agonist, (+/-)-2-(N-penylethyl-N-propyl)amino-5- hydroxytetralin (N-0434) (SC doses of 0.00, 0.01, 0.1, and 1.0 mg/kg) were tested in rats for 120 min in an activity monitor. The durations in seconds of horizontal locomotor time, rearing time, stereotypy time, and margin time (thigmotaxis) were measured during 12 10-min time blocks. N-0434 (0.1 and 1.0 mg/kg) resulted in biphasic effects (initial inhibition followed by potentiation) of linear locomotor time and an attenuation of thigmotaxis. The 0.1- and 1.0-mg/kg doses initially suppressed rearing time but had mixed potentiation effects. The 0.01- to 1.0-mg/kg doses suppressed stereotypy time. The differential behavioral profiles were discussed in reference to the functions of dopamine receptors.