The effect of amitriptyline and mianserine (Org. GB94) on food motivated behaviour of rats trained in a runway: Possible correlation with biogenic amine concentration in the limbic system

Josephine Egan, Christopher J. Earley, B. E. Leonard

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Abstract

Rats on a 23 h food deprivation schedule were trained to run down a straight runway for a food reward. Neither amitriptyline nor mianserine had an effect on the running time for the food reward during the period of continuous reinforcement. However both antidepressants delayed the extinction of this response. It seems unlikely that this effect on extinction was due to an altered motivation for the food reward as amitriptyline significantly decreased the food intake of the experimental animals while mianserine increased the food intake throughout the period of the experiment. The observation that both these antidepressants reduce the speed of extinction of rewarded behaviour may be explicable in terms of observed changes in the concentration of biogenic amines in the limbic system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-147
Number of pages5
JournalPsychopharmacology
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Antidepressants
  • Biogenic amines
  • Food motivated behaviour
  • Limbic system
  • Runway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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