Journal article

The orexin system regulates alcohol-seeking in rats

Andrew J Lawrence, Michael S Cowen, Hong-Ju Yang, Feng Chen, Brian Oldfield

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2006

Abstract

1. Orexin-containing neurons have been implicated in feeding, sleep-wake cycles and more recently in drug-seeking behaviour. 2. Pretreatment of alcohol-preferring (iP) rats with an orexin1 receptor antagonist (SB-334867, 20 mg kg(-1), intraperitoneally) completely abolished an olfactory cue-induced reinstatement of alcohol-seeking behaviour, and also attenuated alcohol responding under an operant fixed ratio regimen without affecting water responding. 3. The mRNA encoding orexin within the hypothalamus was expressed at a similar density in iP and non-preferring (NP) rats; chronic consumption of ethanol in iP rats did not significantly regulate the density of this expression, but did increase..

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