Impact of pharmacological manipulation of the κ-opioid receptor system on self-grooming and anhedonic-like behaviors in male mice

Eduardo R. Butelman, Bryan D. McElroy, Thomas E. Prisinzano, Mary Jeanne Kreek

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Abstract

The kappa (κ) opioid receptor/dynorphin system modulates depression-like states and anhedonia, as well adaptations to stress and exposure to drugs of abuse. Several relatively shortacting small molecule κ-receptor antagonists have been synthesized, and their behavioral profile has been examined under some conditions. The hypothesis of this study is that pharmacological manipulations of the κ-receptor system will result in changes in ethologically relevant anhedonic-like behaviors in mice. Adult male C57BL/6j mice (n 5 6-8) were examined for self-grooming behavior in the splash test (in which robust selfgrooming is elicited by spraying the dorsum of the mouse with a sucrose solution). The κ-agonist salvinorin A (0.56-1.8 mg/kg) produced dose-dependent decreases in self-grooming, a marker of anhedonia. The selectivity, potency, and duration of action of two relatively short-acting κ-antagonists, LY2444296 [(S)-3-fluoro-4-(4-((2-(3-fluorophenyl) pyrrolidin-1-yl)methyl) phenoxy)benzamide] and LY2795050 [3-chloro-4-(4-(((2S)-2-pyridin-3-ylpyrrolidin-1-yl)methyl) phenoxy)benzamide], were studied for their effectiveness in preventing grooming deficits caused by salvinorin A (1.8 mg/kg). κ-selective doses of both LY2444296 (0.032-1 mg/kg) and LY2795050 (0.032-0.32 mg/kg) dose-and time-dependently prevented the grooming deficits caused by salvinorin A (1.8 m/kg). We also found that a κ-selective dose of each of these antagonists decreased immobility in the forced swim test, a common test of anti-anhedonia effects. This study shows that the κ-receptor system is involved in an ethologically relevant measure of anhedonia, and that κ-selective doses of these antagonists can produce effects consistent with rapid antianhedonia. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Activation of the κ-opioid receptor system results in grooming deficits in mice, an ethologically relevant marker of anhedonia. Shorter acting k-antagonists are able to cause effects consistent with rapid antianhedonia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume370
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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