LY 171555-induced catalepsy and defensive behavior in four strains of mice suggest the involvement of different D2 dopamine receptor systems

Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Paola Carletti, Simona Cabib

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Abstract

The D2 dopamine receptor agonist LY 171555 (0.5 to 5 mg/kg) induces dose-dependent catalepsy in C57BL/6, DBA/2 and BALB/c inbred strains of mice. This effect shows marked strain-dependent differences, since the response of C57BL/6 is significantly lower than those presented by the other two inbred strains at all doses tested. In previous studies we have shown that the D2 agonist at doses ranging from 0.5 to 5 mg/kg induces hyperdefensive responses toward nonaggressive opponents in mice of the C57BL/6 and BALB/c but not of the DBA/2 strain. Here we report that the outbred CD1 mice present both cataleptic and hyperdefensive responses when challenged with LY 171555. Forty-five percent of individuals presenting high defensive response and 11% high cataleptic scores. No correlation was found between catalepsy and hyperdefensiveness in CD1 mice following administration of 1 mg/kg of the D2 agonist. These results suggest that D2 receptor stimulation results in different behavioral responses, possibly mediated by different dopaminergic system, depending on the genetic make up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-331
Number of pages5
JournalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1990

Keywords

  • Catalepsy
  • D2 dopaminergic receptors
  • Defensive behavior
  • Genotype
  • LY 171555

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology

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