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Pharmacol Biochem Behav ; 209: 173257, 2021 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34418452

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Metoprine increases the content of histamine in brain by inhibiting histamine N-methyltransferase (HMT), a centrally acting histamine degrading enzyme. We present data demonstrating that pretreatment with metoprine attenuates the hyperlocomotive effects of METH in mice using a multi-configuration behavior apparatus designed to monitor four behavioral outcomes [horizontal locomotion, appetitive behavior (food access), and food and water intake]. Metoprine pretreatment itself induced hyperlocomotion in mice challenged with saline during the large part of light phase. The trend was also observed during the following dark phase. This is the first report that metoprine has a long-lasting locomotor stimulating property. Similarly, in a tail suspension test, a single injection of metoprine significantly reduced total time of immobility in mice, consistent with the idea that metoprine possesses motor stimulating properties. Metoprine pretreatment did not affect other aspects of behavior. Metoprine did not affect the appetitive and drinking behavior while exerted an effect on stereotypy. No stereotyped behavior was observed in mice pretreated with vehicle followed by METH, while stereotyped sniffing was observed in mice pretreated with metoprine followed by METH. The metoprine pretreatment attenuated METH-induced hyperlocomotion during the first 2 h of light phase, suggesting that metoprine-induced locomotor stimulating property might be different from that of METH. The hypothalamic content of histamine (but not its brain metabolite) was increased after metoprine or METH administration. Both METH and metoprine reduced dopamine and histamine turnover in the striatum and the nucleus accumbens and the hypothalamus, respectively, and there is a significant metoprine pretreatment x METH challenge interaction in the histamine turnover. It is likely that metoprine may attenuate METH-induced hyperlocomotion via activation of histaminergic neurotransmission. Metoprine also might induce a long-lasting locomotor stimulating effect via a putative mechanism different from that whereby METH induces the locomotor stimulating effect.

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