Simultaneous catalepsy and apomorphine-induced stereotypic behavior in mice

David M. Yurek, Patrick K. Randall

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Intraventricular administration of haloperidol or chlorpromazine produces catalepsy and blocks apomorphine-induced stereotypic behavior. Low intraventricular doses of domperidone, sulpiride and spiperone, equally cataleptogenic as haloperidol or chlorpromazine, augment rather than diminish stereotypic behavior produced by subsequent apomorphine treatment. The resultant stereotypic behavior continues even while the animal is in a rigid cataleptic posture and is marked by persistent gnawing and licking. Prior to the induction of catalepsy and after recovery from it, mice display the entire range of typical apomorphine-induced behavior including sniffing, climbing, gnawing, and licking. This animal model may be related to the clinical observation of the coexistence of tardive dyskinesia and drug-induced Parkinsonism in individual patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1665-1673
Number of pages9
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 4 1985

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the NIA (AG03272). D.M.Y. is supported by NIA Training Grant (AG00093). The authors thank C.J. RANDALL for technical assistance and J.S. RANDALL for the preparation of figures.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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