Intra-accumbens baclofen, but not muscimol, mimics the effects of food withdrawal on feeding behaviour

Pulman, KGT, Somerville, EM and Clifton, PG (2010) Intra-accumbens baclofen, but not muscimol, mimics the effects of food withdrawal on feeding behaviour. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 97 (1). pp. 156-162. ISSN 009-13057

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Abstract

Intra-accumbens stimulation of GABA receptors results in a robust increase in food intake. However the differential consequences of stimulating GABAA and GABAB receptors in the nucleus accumbens have not been extensively explored with respect to feeding behaviour. Here we compare the effects of the GABAB receptor agonist baclofen and GABAA receptor agonist muscimol, infused into the nucleus accumbens shell, on food intake and related behavior patterns. Baclofen (110-440¿mol) dose dependently enhanced intake and delayed the onset of satiety within the test period as did the effects of 4-8h food withdrawal. Muscimol (220-660¿mol) enhanced intake but also disrupted the sequence of associated behaviours at every dose tested. We conclude that GABAB receptors in the nucleus accumbens shell may play a role in relation to feeding motivation whereas GABAA receptors may, as previously suggested, have a more restricted role in relation to the motor components of approach to food and ingestion.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Kim Bowman
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:39
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2012 17:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13716
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