The evidence suggests that stimulation of brain noradrenergic neurons plays an inhibitory role in rat mouse-killing (muricidal) aggression. Anxiolytic benzodiazepines inhibit locus coeruleus activity and previous data showed that chlordiazepoxide was capable of antagonizing the locus coeruleus-mediated suppression of muricidal aggression. The present experiments showed that this effect is common to new anxiolytic triazolobenzodiazepines and to other non-benzodiazepine derivatives with anxiolytic activity. In this framework, 10 mg/kg of buspirone, of 1-pyrimidine-piperazine and of MJ-13805 proved to be as active as 2.5 mg/kg of alprazolam and as 5 mg/kg of chlordiazepoxide in inhibiting the locus coeruleus-mediated suppression of muricidal aggression.
- Locus coeruleus stimulation
- Muricidal aggression
- Non-benzodiazepine anxiolytic
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience