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Eur J Pharmacol. 2005 May 2;514(1):25-34. Epub 2005 Apr 19.

Anxiolytic-like effects of mGlu1 and mGlu5 receptor antagonists in rats.

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  • 1Preclinical R&D, Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstrasse 100, 60318 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to compare anxiolytic activity of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 (mGlu) antagonist, EMQMCM ((3-ethyl-2-methyl-quinolin-6-yl)-(4-methoxy-cyclohexyl)-methanone methanesulfonate) and the mGlu5 receptor antagonist MTEP ([(2-methyl-1,3-thiazol-4-yl)ethynyl]pyridine) and MPEP (2-methyl-6-(phenylethynyl)pyridine) in animal models of anxiety. In the elevated plus maze, diazepam (1 mg/kg), but not the mGlu1 or mGlu5 receptor antagonists induced anxiolytic-like effects. Meanwhile, MTEP (2.5 and 5 mg/kg), EMQMCM (5 mg/kg), and diazepam (2 mg/kg) all significantly inhibited fear potentiated startle. In the contextual fear conditioning test, MTEP (1.25 and 2.5 but not 5 mg/kg) and EMQMCM (0.6 to 5 mg/kg) attenuated freezing responding. In the Geller-Seifter conflict test, MPEP (1 and 3 mg/kg), MTEP (3 mg/kg), chlordiazepoxide (10 and 20 mg/kg) and midazolam (1 mg/kg) all facilitated punished responding, while ECMQCM failed to produce any significant effects up to 3 mg/kg dose. To summarise, the present data further support a significant anxiolytic potential of group I mGlu receptor antagonists, while suggesting the effects of mGlu1 receptor antagonists may depend on the experimental procedure and may be qualitatively different from those of mGlu5 receptor antagonists.

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