Author(s): Osborne MP, Olive MF
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Abstract Selective antagonists of the mGluR5 receptor attenuate rewarding and reinforcing effects of various drugs of abuse, including alcohol, nicotine, and cocaine. However, the ability of mGluR5 antagonists to alter the reinforcing effects of methamphetamine has not yet been explored. In this study, male Sprague-Dawley rats were trained to perform an operant lever-pressing task in order to obtain intravenous infusions of methamphetamine (0.2 mg/kg/infusion) or presentation of food pellets on a fixed ratio (FR1) schedule of reinforcement. After stabilization of methamphetamine or food self-administration, the selective mGluR5 antagonist 3-[(2-methyl-1,3-thiazol-4-yl) ethynyl]pyridine (MTEP; 0.3, 1.0, or 3.0 mg/kg i.p.) or vehicle were administered to the animals in a randomized counterbalanced cross-over design. MTEP at doses of 1.0 and 3.0 mg/kg significantly reduced methamphetamine self-administration by 26 and 36\%, respectively, but did not alter food reinforcement at any dose tested. These data suggest that mGluR5 receptors are involved in the reinforcing effects of methamphetamine, and that antagonists of this receptor may serve as novel pharmacologic agents for the treatment of addiction to methamphetamine.
This article was published in Ann N Y Acad Sci
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy