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Acta Physiol Hung. 1992;79(2):125-9.

Effect of (-)-para-fluoro-deprenyl on survival and copulation in male rats.

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Semmelweis University of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, Budapest, Hungary.


Six-month old male rats were treated with 0.25 mg/kg, s.c., (-)p-fluoro-deprenyl (n = 40) or salt solution (n = 20) three times a week for 25 months. Three of the 20 saline-treated and 15 of the 40 drug-treated males survived (p = 0.05). Sexual activity of the survivors was tested at the end of the experiment. Three of the (-)p-fluoro-deprenyl-treated 31-month-old males proved to be sexually fully active, though, Wistar rats lose their ability to ejaculate by completing their second year of life. Non-copulator, 13 month old male rats were treated instead of the usually used 0.25 mg/kg dose with 0.01 mg/kg, s.c., (-)deprenyl (n = 9), (-)p-fluoro-deprenyl (n = 9) and salt solution (n = 9), three times a week, for 82 weeks and mating activity was tested weekly. The lifespan of the non-copulators was very short: 102 weeks for saline (n = 9), 106 weeks for (-)deprenyl (n = 8) and 104 weeks for (-)p-fluoro-deprenyl (n = 7). Survival was lightly changed by this very small dose treatment, one (-)deprenyl-treated male and two (-)p-fluoro-deprenyl-treated rats remained alive. The copulatory activity, however, was substantially improved.

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