Involvement of the nigrotectal and nigrothalamic pathways in kappa opioid-induced circling.

Article date: 1992/11/1

PubMed ID: 1481138

Journal name: Synapse (New York, N.Y.) (ISSN: 0887-4476)


The relationship between kappa opioid-induced movement and output stations of the substantia nigra pars reticulata (SNpr) was examined using the rodent circling model. Contralateral rotation produced by intranigral microinjection of the kappa opiate U50,488 was lower in animals with ibotenic acid lesions of either the ipsilateral ventromedial thalamus or superior colliculus than in control animals without lesions. These results suggest that endogenous kappa opioids in the SNpr may influence movement through actions on the nigrothalamic and nigrotectal pathways. In contrast, animals with ipsilateral lesions of the striatum showed an increase in circling relative to controls, possibly due to kappa receptor supersensitivity in the SNpr.

Author List: Thompson L A, Walker J M

Publication Types: Journal Article

Substances mentioned in the article: Pyrrolidines; 3,4-Dichloro-N-methyl-N-(2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-cyclohexyl)-benzeneacetamide, (trans)-Isomer;

Mesh terms: 3,4-Dichloro-N-methyl-N-(2-(1-pyrrolidinyl)-cyclohexyl)-benzeneacetamide, (trans)-Isomer; Animals; Male; Microinjections; Motor Activity/drug effects; Neural Pathways/physiology; Pyrrolidines/pharmacology; Rats; Rats, Sprague-Dawley; Substantia Nigra/physiology; Tectum Mesencephali/physiology; Thalamus/physiology;

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