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Intra-accumbens baclofen, but not muscimol, mimics the effects of food withdrawal on feeding behaviour
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 18:14 authored by KGT Pulman, EM Somerville, Pete CliftonPete Clifton
Intra-accumbens stimulation of GABA receptors results in a robust increase in food intake. However the differential consequences of stimulating GABAA and GABAB receptors in the nucleus accumbens have not been extensively explored with respect to feeding behaviour. Here we compare the effects of the GABAB receptor agonist baclofen and GABAA receptor agonist muscimol, infused into the nucleus accumbens shell, on food intake and related behavior patterns. Baclofen (110-440¿mol) dose dependently enhanced intake and delayed the onset of satiety within the test period as did the effects of 4-8h food withdrawal. Muscimol (220-660¿mol) enhanced intake but also disrupted the sequence of associated behaviours at every dose tested. We conclude that GABAB receptors in the nucleus accumbens shell may play a role in relation to feeding motivation whereas GABAA receptors may, as previously suggested, have a more restricted role in relation to the motor components of approach to food and ingestion.
JournalPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
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