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Postnatal naltrindole treatments induce behavioural modifications in preweanling rats

Postnatal naltrindole treatments induce behavioural modifications in preweanling rats

Neuroscience Letters 283(1): 73-76

To investigate the physiological role of the delta-opioid receptor during the preweanling period, we have studied the effects of chronic (daily injections from birth to postnatal day 19) and acute treatments with the selective delta-antagonist naltrindole (1 mg/kg), on behavioural and nociceptive responses in 20-day old male rats. Behavioural testing was performed using an open field paradigm. Acute naltrindole induced significant decreases in external and total ambulation (horizontal activity) and rearing behaviour (vertical activity), as well as a significant increase in grooming frequency. In animals chronically treated with naltrindole there was an increase in total ambulation one day after the discontinuation of the treatment. In a test of nociception (tail immersion) no significant effect of chronic naltrindole treatment on baseline latencies or of acute naltrindole on latency quotients (post-treatment latency/pre-treatment latency) were found. However, chronic naltrindole administration significantly decreased the latency quotients. The results show that the delta-opioid receptor participates in the tonic regulation of motor activity during the preweanling period and might be involved in certain aspects of stress responsiveness.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0304-3940(00)00918-6

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