Influence of different antidepressant drugs on the effect of chronic variable stress on restraint-induced dopamine release in frontal cortex.

Research paper by G G Cuadra, A A Zurita, G G Gioino, V V Molina

Indexed on: 28 Aug '01Published on: 28 Aug '01Published in: Neuropsychopharmacology


The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of an early chronic variable stress procedure (CVS) associated or not with repeated administration of various antidepressants on cortical restraint-induced dopamine (DA) release in vivo. Animals were subjected to the CVS schedule and one day after submitted to persistent administration with vehicle, desipramine (DMI, 10 mg/kg, i.p.), fluoxetine (FLU, 10 mg/kg, i.p.) or phenelzine (PHE; 10 mg/kg, i.p.) and later on exposed to a 60-min restraint period. In addition, we also explored the effect of acute administration of these antidepressants on cortical DA overflow in response to restraint in CVS treated rats. A higher increase in cortical DA release in response to restraint was observed in CVS animals as compared with those without previous CVS. Persistent, but not acute, administration with DMI, FLU and PHE blocked the sensitized output induced by restraint following CVS exposure.