Behavioral effects of RO 41-9067: A novel D2 dopamine receptor agonist

C. Belzung, P. Carletti, F. Angelucci, S. Puglisi-Allegra, S. Cabib

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The behavioral effects of a novel putative D2 dopamine (DA) receptor agonist, RO 41-9067 (RO), were investigated in the mouse and compared with those of the classic D2 agonist LY 171555 (LY) at equimolar doses. Both RO and LY dose-dependently increased defensive behavior in naive mice interacting with nonaggressive conspecifics at doses higher than 0.2 and 0.16 mg/kg, respectively. Moreover, low and intermediate doses of RO and LY decreased locomotor activity in mice tested individually in an automated apparatus. Finally, coadministration of the D1 selective agonist SKF 38393 and high doses of RO or LY induced the hyperactive response classically induced by high doses of the mixed D1/D2 agonist apomorphine in the mouse while the inhibitory effects of the lowest doses of RO or LY were not affected by coadministration with SKF. These results indicate that RO induces behavioral effects characteristic of a D2 selective agonist when tested in intact mice and suggest that at high doses this compound activates postsynaptic D2 receptors which also cooperate with D1 receptors in the stimulation of DA-induced behaviors, while at low doses it selectively activates DA autoreceptors or inhibitory DA receptors of the D2 type.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-433
Number of pages9
JournalDrug Development Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Defense
  • Dopamine autoreceptors
  • Locomotion
  • LY 171555
  • SKF 38393

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology


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