Behavioral responses to intracerebroventricularly administered neurohypophyseal peptides in mice

Richard L. Delanoy, Adrian J. Dunn, Ron Tintner

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Lysine vasopressin (LVP), arginine vasopressin, oxytocin, and arginine vasotocin administered intraventricularly (icv) to mice all provoked a dose-dependent behavioral response in the range 0.1 - 1.0 μg. This response included a pronounced hyperactivity, extensive foraging, increased grooming, and at higher doses, stereotyped scratching, squeaking, and occasional barrel rolling. The four hormones were all approximately equipotent. Desglycinamide lysine vasopressin and [desaminocys1, D-Arg8] vasopressin produced some of the characteristic behaviors, but were much less potent. While pretreatment of the animals with reserpine (5 mg/kg ip), haloperidol (0.5 mg/kg ip), or physostigmine (0.5 mg/kg ip) sedated the animals and attenuated the locomotion and grooming, these drugs did not substantially alter the characteristic behavioral responses to LVP. Pretreatment with α-methyl-p-tyrosine (400 mg/kg ip), p-chlorophenylalanine (320 mg/kg ip), 6-hydroxydopamine (100 μg icv), ergotamine (0.5 μg icv), ethoxolamide (52 ng icv), diphenhydramine (20 μg icv), prostaglondin F (2 μg icv), or naloxone (1 mg/kg ip) did not alter the LVP-induced behaviors. None of these drugs or d-amphetamine (0.5 to 20 mg/kg ip) or nicotine (0.1 or 1 μg icv) mimicked the behavioral effects of the hormones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-362
Number of pages15
JournalHormones and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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