Journal article

Receptor crosstalk: Characterization of mice deficient in dopamine D-1 and adenosine A(2A) receptors

JL Short, C Ledent, J Drago, AJ Lawrence

NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2006

Abstract

Here we report the development of D1A2A receptor knockout mice to investigate whether interactions between dopamine D1 and adenosine A2A receptors participate in reward-related behavior. The combined deletion of D1 and A2A receptors resulted in mice with decreased weight and appetitive processes, reduced rearing and exploratory behaviors, increased anxiety, and a significantly poorer performance on the rotarod, compared to wild-type littermates. D1A2A receptor knockout mice shared phenotypic similarities with mice deficient in D1 receptors, while also paralleling behavioral deficits seen in A2A receptor knockout mice, indicating individual components of the behavioral phenotype of the D1A2A ..

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