Jan 1, 1991

Opioid and prostaglandin mechanisms involved in the effects of GABAergic drugs on body temperature

General Pharmacology
M SancibriánF J Miñano


1. Intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection to restrained rats of GABA (250-1000 mg/kg) or the GABAA-receptor agonist muscimol (0.05-1 mg/kg) induced a dose-dependent decrease in body temperature (BT). 2. Intraperitoneal injection of low doses of the GABAB-receptor agonist (+/-)-baclofen (1-10 mg/kg) did not significantly affect BT. However, baclofen, at high doses (30 mg/kg), produced an increase in BT. 3. Pretreatment with either bicuculline (3 mg/kg) or naloxone (1 mg/kg) did not significantly modify the hypothermic response observed with GABA or muscimol, except for the high dose of GABA (1000 mg/kg) which was potentiated by bicuculline pretreatment. 4. Indomethacin pretreatment (5 mg/kg) significantly antagonized the hypothermia induced by GABA and muscimol. 5. Injection of baclofen alone (1 mg/kg) did not significantly affect BT, but in presence of the GABAA antagonist bicuculline, baclofen significantly decreased BT. 6. Baclofen-induced hyperthermia appear to be via prostaglandin and opioid mechanisms since both indomethacin and naloxone abolish this effect. 7. The hypothermia induced by GABA-agonists appears to be due to simultaneous activation of GABAA and GABAB receptors, while the hyperthermic effect of baclofen appears to b...Continue Reading

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