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Sagara, Hidenori
Esumi, Satoru
Araki, Hiroaki
Gomita, Yutaka
Abstract

It is well known that priming stimulation promotes the motivational effects of intracranial self-stimulation(ICSS) behavior. An experimental methodology using the runway method could separately study the reward and motivational effects of ICSS behavior. In the present study, we examined the motivational effect of nicotine as measured by the runway method using priming stimulation of ICSS behavior. Electrodes were implanted chronically into the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) in rats. A lever for stimulation of the MFB was set on the opposite side of the start box in the apparatus, and rats were trained to get a reward stimulation (50-200 microA, 0.2 ms, 60 Hz) of MFB when the goal lever was pressed. After the rats were trained to press the lever, a priming stimulation of the MFB was performed. After receiving the priming stimulation, rats were placed at the start box of the runway apparatus, and the running time duration until the goal lever was pressed was measured. Subcutaneous injection of nicotine at a dose of 0.2mg/kg produced an increase in running speed to obtain the reward stimulation, and priming stimulation facilitated the motivational effect to obtain the electrical brain stimulation reward in the rats. These results suggest that nicotine significantly enhanced the motivational effect on ICSS behavior as determined using the runway method. The runway method using priming stimulation of ICSS behavior may become the new experimental methodology with which to measure the motivational effect of some drugs.

Keywords
intracranial self-stimulation
runway
nicotine
priming stimulation
motivational effect
Amo Type
Original Article
Published Date
2008-08
Publication Title
Acta Medica Okayama
Volume
volume62
Issue
issue4
Publisher
Okayama University Medical School
Start Page
227
End Page
233
ISSN
0386-300X
NCID
AA00508441
Content Type
Journal Article
language
英語
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publisher
Refereed
True
PubMed ID
Web of Sience KeyUT