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Peptides. 2001 Apr;22(4):583-7.

Peripheral administration of urocortin suppresses operant responding for food reward.

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Section on Behavioral Neuropharmacology, NIMH, Bethesda, MD 20892-1375, USA.


The effects of peripheral systemic administration of urocortin on operant responding to obtain food were investigated using three separate concentrations. The drug was administered intraparitoneally at a concentration of 10 microg/ml/Kg, 5 microg/ml/Kg, and 0 microg/ml/Kg suspended in saline at a volume of 1 ml/Kg to Sprague-Dawley rats fifteen minutes prior to being exposed to an operant bar press task. Eleven subjects were used, each receiving a single injection of each concentration on separate days with the order of treatment counterbalanced. The results indicated that the administration of urocortin in a dose dependent manner reduced responding of food deprived subjects for a food reward in a thirty minute session. These data indicated that the peripheral administration of urocortin reduced the motivation of food deprived subjects to respond.

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