At present there is an increasing literature demonstrating heterogeneity of the CCK-B receptor. Recent reports by our laboratory have demonstrated that the Fawn-Hooded rat demonstrates atypical neurochemical responses to CCK 4, in vitro. Since the ability of CCK-B receptor ligands to modulate affective state is dependent on the putative receptor subtype activated, the aim of the present study was to examine the behavioural effects of the CCK-B receptor agonist, t-boc-CCK4, and the CCK-B receptor antagonist, Ci-988 in Fawn-Hooded and Wistar Kyoto rats. Interestingly, both t-boc-CCK 4 and Ci-988 produced an anxiolytic profile in FH rats as determined by an increased time spent on the open arms of an elevated plus maze, while both drugs were devoid of any behavioural effect in WKY rats, lending further support to the theory that the FH rat strain has an atypical relative proportion of these putative subtypes apparently resulting in a predominantly CCK-B2 receptor effect.
- FH rat
- Receptor heterogeneity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)