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Neuropharmacology. 2002 Dec;43(8):1210-7.

Morphine conditioned reward is inhibited by MPEP, the mGluR5 antagonist.

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Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences, 12 Smetna Street, 31-343, Kraków, Poland.


In the present study we examined the effect of MPEP [2-methyl-6-(phenylethynyl)-pyridine] a potent, selective and systemically active metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR) type I (subtype mGluR5) antagonist on conditioned morphine reward in mice. In an unbiased version of conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm, single conditioning with 10 mg/kg of morphine produced reliable place preference. MPEP at 30, but not 10 mg/kg significantly inhibited the acquisition as well as expression of morphine-induced CPP, but it neither produced place preference or aversion, nor affected locomotor activity of mice. Effects of MPEP on learning and memory were studied in the elevated plus maze model of spatial learning. In contrast to 0.1 mg/kg of MK-801, which inhibited the acquisition of this task, 30 mg/kg of MPEP affected neither learning nor memory retrieval. These data suggest that mGluR5 may be involved in conditioned morphine reward.

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