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Behav Pharmacol. 2000 Aug;11(5):355-64.

A comparison of the behavioural effects of 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptor agonists in the pigeon.

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Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN 46285, USA.


Activity at the 5-HT2A receptor versus that of the 5-HT2C receptor was studied in three behavioural paradigms. In pigeons trained to discriminate 0.32 mg/kg of 1-(2,5-diemethoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane (DOI) (a mixed 5-HT2A/C receptor agonist) from vehicle, quipazine (0.1-1 mg/kg) and m-chlorophenylpiperazine (mCPP) (1-3 mg/kg) substituted for DOI in a dose-related manner, and this generalization was blocked by MDL100907 (0.0001-0.01 mg/kg), a selective 5-HT2A receptor antagonist. RO60-0175 (a relatively selective 5-HT2C agonist) induced partial substitution at 3 mg/kg that was antagonized by both MDL100907 and by 3 mg/kg of SB242084, a relatively selective 5-HT2C antagonist. MK212 (a mixed 5-HT2C/A agonist) induced partial substitution that was antagonized by SB242084, but not by MDL100907. On a progressive ratio 5 operant schedule (PR5) for food reinforcement, DOI, quipazine, mCPP, MK212 and R060-0175 decreased the break point; mCPP, DOI, MK212 and quipazine also induced vomiting. Although MDL100907 antagonized both the reductions of break point and vomiting, SB242084 only partially attenuated the decrease in break point observed with MK212 and DOI, and was unable to eliminate vomiting. Thus pharmacological activity at the 5-HT2A receptor can be behaviourally distinguished from pharmacological activity at the 5-HT2C receptor in the pigeon. Furthermore, the decrease in the break point of a PR5 schedule induced by 5-HT2C receptor agonists may be related to decreased appetite, whereas that induced by 5-HT2A receptor agonists may be due to unrelated factors, such as emesis.

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