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Behav Brain Res. 2001 Jun;121(1-2):129-36.

Opioidergic contribution to conditioned place preference induced by corn oil in mice.

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Laboratory of Nutrition Chemistry, Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Oiwake-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan.


We previously reported that voluntary intake of corn oil in the light box showed place preference in the conditioned place preference (CPP) test in mice. In the present study, we investigated the contribution of opioidergic systems to the corn oil-induced CPP in mice. Acquisition of the place preference by corn oil intake was blocked by i.p. injections of an opioid mu antagonist, naloxone (0.1 and 0.3 mg/kg), and delta antagonists, 7-benzylidenenaltrexone (0.5 mg/kg) and naltriben (0.5 mg/kg) 15 min before conditioning. The opioid kappa agonist U-50488H (1 and 3 mg/kg i.p.) also blocked corn oil-induced CPP. Naloxone (1 mg/kg, i.p.) and naltriben (0.5 mg/kg, i.p.) did not affect corn oil intake in the home cage. However, 7-benzylidenenaltrexone (0.5 mg/kg, i.p.) and U-50488H (1 mg/kg i.p.) decreased and increased the corn oil intake, respectively. These results suggested that the rewarding effects of corn oil in the CPP test are at least partially mediated via opioidergic systems through mu and delta receptors. Further, we showed that an opioid kappa agonist reduced the rewarding effects of corn oil in the CPP test in mice, although it increased corn oil intake.

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