Dose-dependent and time-related stimulus properties of LHRH in male but not in female rats

R De BeunN E van de Poll


Male and female rats (N = 32) were trained to discriminate 5 micrograms/kg LHRH from saline in a two-lever, food-reinforced drug discrimination procedure with injection-session intervals of 15 min or 45 min. When the interval was 15 min, neither males nor females were able to discriminate the stimulus conditions. With an interval of 45 min, LHRH showed sex-dependent stimulus properties. Male, but not female, rats reliably discriminated LHRH from saline within 50 training sessions. In males, generalization tests showed dose-dependent and time-related stimulus effects of LHRH (doses ranged from 62.5 ng/kg to 8 micrograms/kg, and intervals ranged from -15 min to -120 min). The results indicate that LHRH may be an essential part of the stimulus complex in male rats but could not gain control over operant behavior in female rats.


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