The present study evaluated the effect of the intracerebroventricular injection of the tachykinins, substance P, neurokinin A and [Asp5.6,MePhe8]substance P(5-11) (also referred to as NH2-senktide), on the alcohol intake of genetically selected, alcohol-preferring rats. Animals were offered both water and 8% ethanol 2 h/day; tachykinins were administered just before access to fluids. Neurokinin A and substance P did not modify alcohol intake at doses up to 1000 and 2000 ng/rat, respectively. On the other hand, NH2-senktide potently suppressed alcohol intake at doses of 31.2-500 ng/rat. At the same doses, however, it did not significantly affect water intake. This finding suggests that its effect on alcohol intake might be rather selective and not due to general impairment of the behavior. Activation of tachykinin NK-3 receptors, for which NH2-senktide is a highly selective agonist, produces angiotensin II release in the brain; however, the effect of NH2-senktide on alcohol intake is probably not mediated by angiotensin II, as suggested by the fact that it is not modified by captopril pretreatment.

The tachykinin NH2-senktide inhibits alcohol intake in alcohol-preferring rats.

PERFUMI, Marina Cecilia;POLIDORI, Carlo;POMPEI, Pierluigi;MASSI, Maurizio
1991

Abstract

The present study evaluated the effect of the intracerebroventricular injection of the tachykinins, substance P, neurokinin A and [Asp5.6,MePhe8]substance P(5-11) (also referred to as NH2-senktide), on the alcohol intake of genetically selected, alcohol-preferring rats. Animals were offered both water and 8% ethanol 2 h/day; tachykinins were administered just before access to fluids. Neurokinin A and substance P did not modify alcohol intake at doses up to 1000 and 2000 ng/rat, respectively. On the other hand, NH2-senktide potently suppressed alcohol intake at doses of 31.2-500 ng/rat. At the same doses, however, it did not significantly affect water intake. This finding suggests that its effect on alcohol intake might be rather selective and not due to general impairment of the behavior. Activation of tachykinin NK-3 receptors, for which NH2-senktide is a highly selective agonist, produces angiotensin II release in the brain; however, the effect of NH2-senktide on alcohol intake is probably not mediated by angiotensin II, as suggested by the fact that it is not modified by captopril pretreatment.
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