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Fundam Clin Pharmacol. 2013 Apr;27(2):129-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-8206.2011.00973.x. Epub 2011 Aug 21.

Antidepressant-like effect of riparin II from Aniba riparia in mice: evidence for the involvement of the monoaminergic system.

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  • 1Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará: Rua Cel. Nunes de Melo 1127, 60430-270 Fortaleza, Brazil.


In a previous study conducted by our group, riparin II (ripII) isolated from the green fruit of Aniba riparia presented antianxiety effects in mice. This study investigates a possible antidepressant activity of rip II using two predictive tests for antidepressant activity in rodents: the forced swimming test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST). Additionally, the mechanisms involved in the antidepressant-like effect in mice were also assessed. Rip II was acute administered by intraperitoneal (i.p.) and oral (p.o) routes to male mice at doses of 25 and 50 mg/kg. Results showed that ripII at both tested doses and administration routes produced a significant decrease of immobility time in FST and TST. The pretreatment of mice with prazosin (1 mg/kg, i.p., an α1-adrenoceptor antagonist), SCH23390 (15 μg/kg, i.p., a dopamine D1 receptor antagonist), sulpiride (50 mg/kg, i.p., a dopamine D2 receptor antagonist), p-chlorophenylalanine (100 mg/kg, an inhibitor of serotonin synthesis), or NAN-190 (0.5 mg/kg, a serotonin 5-HT1A receptor antagonist) completely blocked the anti-immobility effects elicited by riparin II (50 mg/kg, p.o.) in the FST. This study indicates that riparin II produces significant antidepressant-like activity in the forced swimming and TSTs, and this effect seems to be dependent on its interaction with noradrenergic, dopaminergic, and serotonergic systems.

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