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Eur J Pharmacol. 1979 Nov 16;59(3-4):169-79.

Behavioral rating scales for assessing phencyclidine-induced locomotor activity, stereotyped behavior and ataxia in rats.


Behavioral rating scales were developed for quantification of phencyclidine (PCP)-induced locomotor activity, stereotyped behavior and ataxia in rats. The dose-response relationship for PCP-induced locomotor activity was found to be an inverted U-shaped function over the first 25 min after injection while over the last 30 min of the experiment the function was highly linear. A linear dose-response relationship was found for ratings of stereotyped behavior and ataxia throughout the 90 min period of observation. The ratings of these two behaviors were found to be closely parallel. The effects of PCP on locomotor activity were found to be greatest during those intervals when stereotyped behavior and ataxia were at moderate levels. Ratings of locomotor activity may be confounded by ataxia when PCP is administered alone or in combination with other drugs.

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