Inhibitory effect of baclofen on lordosis in female and male rats with dorsal raphe nucleus lesion or septal cut

Masaki Kakeyama, Korehito Yamanouchi

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    Abstract

    The inhibitory effect of baclofen, a GABA(B) receptor agonist, on lordosis was examined in female and male rats with dorsal raphe nucleus lesions (DRL) or cut of the septal fibers (ARD). Both female and male DRL and ARD rats showed higher lordosis quotients (LQ) than corresponding controls without brain surgery. This indicates that the dorsal raphe nucleus and the septum exert lordosis-inhibiting influences in female and male rats. After treatment with 10 mg/kg baclofen, the mean LQs in female control and female ARD groups were significantly lower than those of vehicle-treated control and ARD females. In DRL females, however, LQs did not decrease, even after the injection of baclofen. In males, baclofen also diminished lordosis in ARD rats, but not in DRL rats. These results suggest that the GABA(B) receptor system plays an inhibitory role in regulating lordosis behavior not only in female but also in male rats. Furthermore, the function of the GABA neurons depends on the inhibitory mechanism of the dorsal raphe nucleus in the regulation of female sexual behavior.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)290-296
    Number of pages7
    JournalNeuroendocrinology
    Volume63
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1996 Mar

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    Lordosis
    Baclofen
    GABA-B Receptor Agonists
    GABA-B Receptors
    Dorsal Raphe Nucleus
    GABAergic Neurons
    Sexual Behavior
    Injections

    Keywords

    • Aminobutyric acid
    • Baclofen
    • Raphe nucleus
    • Septum
    • Sex behaviour

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    • Endocrinology
    • Neuroscience(all)

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    Inhibitory effect of baclofen on lordosis in female and male rats with dorsal raphe nucleus lesion or septal cut. / Kakeyama, Masaki; Yamanouchi, Korehito.

    In: Neuroendocrinology, Vol. 63, No. 3, 03.1996, p. 290-296.

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