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Neurotensin gene expression and behavioral responses following administration of psychostimulants and antipsychotic drugs in dopamine D(3) receptor deficient mice.

Abstract : Exposure to psychostimulants and antipsychotics increases neurotensin (NT) gene expression in the striatum and nucleus accumbens. To investigate the contribution of D(3) receptors to these effects we used mice with targeted disruption of the D(3) receptor gene. Basal NT mRNA expression was similar in D(3) receptor mutant mice and wild-type animals. Acute administration of haloperidol increased NT gene expression in the striatum in D(3)+/+, D(3)+/- and D(3)-/- mice. Similarly, acute cocaine and amphetamine induced NT mRNA expression in the nucleus accumbens shell and olfactory tubercle to a comparable extent in D(3) mutants and wild-type mice. Daily injection of cocaine for seven days increased NT mRNA in a restricted population of neurons in the dorsomedial caudal striatum of D(3)+/+ mice, but not in D(3)-/- and D(3)+/- animals. No differences were observed between D(3) receptor mutant mice and wild-type littermates in the locomotor activity and stereotyped behaviors induced by repeated cocaine administration. These findings demonstrate that dopamine D(3) receptors are not necessary for the acute NT mRNA response to drugs of abuse and antipsychotics but appear to play a role in the regulation of NT gene induction in striatal neurons after repeated cocaine. In addition, our results indicate that the acute locomotor response to cocaine and development of psychostimulant-induced behavioral sensitization do not require functional D(3) receptors.
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Catalina Betancur, Isabelle Lépée-Lorgeoux, Michèle Cazillis, Domenico Accili, Sara Fuchs, et al.. Neurotensin gene expression and behavioral responses following administration of psychostimulants and antipsychotic drugs in dopamine D(3) receptor deficient mice.. Neuropsychopharmacology, Nature Publishing Group, 2001, 24 (2), pp.170-82. ⟨10.1016/S0893-133X(00)00179-2⟩. ⟨inserm-00125114⟩

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