Key words Conditioned place preference
Chronic unpredictable mild stress
CCKB receptor antagonist
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Chronic exposure to mild unpredictable stress has been found to abolish the acquisition of preference for a distinctive environment paired with morphine, whereas morphine induced conditioning place preference in non-stressed rats. Chronic treatment for 21 days with the tricyclic antidepressant imipramine reversed the motivational effects produced by chronic mild stress, and animals showed a place preference for the morphine-paired compartment. When the CCKB receptor antagonist PD-134,308 was co-administered with morphine in stressed animals during the conditioning period, the preference for the morphine-paired compartment was also re-established. The CCKB receptor antagonist given alone did not induce rewarding effects in this paradigm. These findings indicate that the administration of a CCKB receptor antagonist reversed the effects of chronic mild stress on opiate rewarding properties.
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