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Neurosci Lett. 2010 Feb 26;471(1):53-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2010.01.010. Epub 2010 Jan 18.

Effects of aripiprazole on MK-801-induced prepulse inhibition deficits and mitogen-activated protein kinase signal transduction pathway.

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Department of Integrative Neurophysiology, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-8-1 Inohana, Chiba 260-8670, Japan.


Based on NMDA hypofunction hypothesis for negative symptoms and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, MK-801-induced animal models of schizophrenia may help us understand the different effects between typical and atypical antipsychotics. On the other hand, the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways may participate in antipsychotic actions. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of aripiprazole on MK-801-induced prepulse inhibition (PPI) disruption and MAPK phosphorylation in mice. To clarify the effects of aripiprazole on MK-801-induced PPI disruption, we measured PPI of 51 ddY male mice after aripiprazole was administered 15 min prior to the injection of MK-801, and measured activation of cytosol and nuclear MAPK phosphorylation by western blotting. Aripiprazole (4.0 mg/kg) significantly reversed the MK-801 (0.15 mg/kg)-induced PPI deficits. Pretreatment of aripiprazole (40 mg/kg) had a tendency to suppress MK-801 (1.0 mg/kg)-induced pMEK/MEK (Ser218/222) activation. In addition, aripiprazole treatment showed a significant decrease of pERK/ERK. Our data suggested that aripiprazole may reverse MK-801-induced PPI deficits through regulation of MAPK phosphorylation in the same way as the atypical antipsychotic drug, clozapine.

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