The action of pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) 38 was tested in an open field 30 min, 3 h, 6 h and 24 h after icv PACAP 38 administration in rats. The effects on locomotion, rearing and grooming were measured. The possible roles of different receptors were tested in animals that had been pretreated with different receptor blockers followed by PACAP 38 administration. The locomotion, rearing and grooming activities were increased at 30 min, after PACAP 38 administration, whereas at 3 and 6 h there was no change in grooming, while the locomotion and rearing activities were sharply decreased. At 24 h after PACAP administration, there was no change in any of the parameters studied. PACAP antiserum, a PACAP antagonist (PACAP 6-38), haloperidol, phenoxybenzamine, propranolol and naloxone each prevented the changes observed at 30 min and 3 h. Atropine, nitro-L-arginine, bicuculline and methysergide were ineffective. The data demonstrate that the action of PACAP 38 on the open-field activity is regulated by D2, α- and β-adrenergic and opiate receptors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience