Effects of repeated quetiapine treatment on conditioned avoidance responding in rats

Jun Gao, Min Feng, Natashia Swalve, Collin Davis, Nan Sui, Ming Li

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The present study characterized the behavioral mechanisms of avoidance-disruptive effect of quetiapine in the conditioned avoidance response test under two behavioral testing (2 warning signals vs. 1 warning signal) and two drug administration conditions (subcutaneous vs. intravenous). In Experiments 1 and 2, well-trained adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were tested under the subcutaneous (s.c.) quetiapine treatment (5.0, 15.0, 25.0, 50.0 mg/kg) for 7 days in a novel procedure consisting of two conditioned stimuli (CS) (white noise serving as CS1 and pure tone as CS2). Only the highest dose (50.0 mg/kg) produced a persistent suppression of the avoidance response without impairing the escape response. The magnitude of suppression of the CS1 avoidance was similar to that of CS2 avoidance. No significant group difference was found in the quetiapine (15.0 mg/kg, s.c.) challenge test, indicating a lack of a long-term quetiapine effect. In Experiment 3, well-trained rats were tested under the intravenous (i.v.) quetiapine treatment (3.0, 9.0, 15.0 mg/kg) for 5 days and challenged with quetiapine (6.0 mg/kg, i.v. followed by 9.0 mg/kg, s.c.). Only the white noise was used as the CS. Similar to what was being observed in Experiments 1 and 2, intravenously administered quetiapine dose-dependently suppressed avoidance responding during the drug test days, but did not alter drug sensitivity in the challenge days. Thus, quetiapine does not appear to show a preferential inhibition of the avoidance response to a less salient stimulus; and prior quetiapine treatment (s.c. and i.v.) does not cause a sensitization or tolerance to quetiapine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-161
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
StatePublished - Dec 15 2015

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Funding Information:
Research reported in this paper was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award number R01MH085635 to Professor Ming Li, and the Overseas, Hong Kong & Macao Scholars Collaborative Researching Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) ( 31428008 ) to Professors Ming Li and Nan Sui.

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  • CS1 and CS2
  • Conditioned avoidance response
  • Quetiapine
  • Sensitization
  • Tolerance

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