Stimulating electrodes were implanted into the dorsal central gray area (DCG) of rats. The animals were trained to bar press to decrement the aversive DCG stimulation current. Rats treated with 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), 75 mg/kg, showed a dose-dependent reduction in decremental bar pressing. In a second study, animals received either chlorimipramine, 15 mg/kg, protriptyline, 15 mg/kg, or 5-HTP, 150 mg/kg. Chlorimipramine, a strong blocker of serotonin reuptake, and 5-HTP produced significant reductions in decremental bar pressing. Protriptyline, a weak serotonin reuptake blocker, produced no significant effect. These results suggest that serotonin reduces aversive neural mechanisms associated with the dorsal central gray area.
- Pain mechanisms
- Stimulation-produced analgesia
- Tricyclic antidepressants
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Behavioral Neuroscience