Drug and food-deprivation modulation of activity in rats given chronic dietary lead: Significance of type of activity measure

Bryan K. Yamamoto, Charles L. Kutscher

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Abstract

In Experiment 1, rats were given a 1% lead acetate diet from Day 100 of life to the termination of the experiment. After 82 days of lead feeding behavioral tests were started. Lead exposure increased wheel-turning hyperactivity produced by food deprivation and phenylethylamine injection. Lead produced no activity change in the unchallenged condition. In the open field, lead-exposed rats were less responsive to the stimulating action of PEA and amphetamine and to the sedating action of pentobarbital. In Experiment 2, the interaction of lead with food deprivation or PEA on wheel-turning was replicated in naive animals given only a 32-day exposure. Chemical analysis was made of tissues. Ingested lead entered the brain. Regional steady-state levels of brain norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin were not altered by lead treatment when measured following four days of starvation at a time when lead-induced behavioral change was distinct. It was concluded that pharmacological challenges on activity may be sensitive indicators of lead exposure, but the type of activity measure is critical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-512
Number of pages8
JournalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1981
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Activity
  • Amphetamine
  • Lead
  • Pentobarbital
  • Phenylethylamine
  • Starvation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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