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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2006 Jan-Feb;56(1):111-7.

[Effects of D2 receptor agonist and antagonist on behavior of intact and ovariectomized rats].

[Article in Russian]


The involvement of D2 dopaminergic receptors in behavioral responses during ovary cycle was assessed in adult intact female rats and ovariectomized (OVX) female rats. Quinperole (0.1 mg/kg), D2 receptor agonist and sulpiride (10.0 mg/kg), D2 receptor antagonist were injected chronically to adult intact and ovariectomized (OVX) female rats either separately or in combination with 17beta-estradiol (0.5 microg) within 14 days. Behavior of these animals was assessed in the "open field" test, whereas passive avoidance performance served as a model of learning. In intact rats, the passive avoidance performance was observed only in metestrous and diestrous. Chronic quinperole administration to intact females resulted in the appearance of the passive avoidance performance in proestrous and estrous, as distinct from the control animals. The passive avoidance performance was not reproduced in OVX rats. Quinperole per se or in combination with 17beta-estradiol completely restored the passive avoidance performance in OVX rats. Moreover, quinperole or sulpiride administration to OVX rats increased horizontal locomotor activity, exploratory behavior, and grooming behavior.

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