Behavioral differentiation of benzodiazepine ligands after repeated administration in baboons

Christine A. Sannerud, James M. Cook, Roland R. Griffiths

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Baboons received repeated daily administration of saline, 5.6 mg/kg midazolam, 5.0 mg/kg flumazenil (Ro15-1788), 3.2 mg/kg 3-carboethoxy-β-carboline hydrochloride (βCCE) or 10 mg/kg βCCE for 5 days. Behavioral signs of sedation and excitation were scored for 1 h after i.m. injections. Daily administration of these benzodiazepine-receptor ligands differentiated their behavioral effects; repeated midazolam resulted in tolerance to the sedative and ataxic effects; repeated βCCE resulted in sensitization to its convulsant properties; and repeated flumazenil or saline produced no changes in behavior. In a second study, baboons received repeated injections of midazolam (5.6, 11.2 or 20 per day) for 6 days. All three groups became tolerant to the sedative and ataxic effects of midazolam. Acute injections of flumazenil (5.0 mg/kg) on day 5 produced a dose-dependent withdrawal syndrome. This flumazenil treatment produced a slight attenuation in the degree of tolerance to midazolam on day 6, suggesting that receptor sensitivity to the benzodiazepine agonist may have partially reset.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-343
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 29 1989


  • 3-Carboethoxy-β-carboline hydrochloride (βCCE)
  • Baboon
  • Flumazenil
  • Midazolam
  • Sensitization
  • Tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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