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Effects of pregnancy on nicotine self-administration and nicotine pharmacokinetics in rats.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17619178     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
RATIONALE: Because of the adverse effects of smoking during pregnancy, understanding the factors that influence maternal smoking may help in developing better treatments to help women quit smoking during pregnancy. Animal models could be useful for this purpose. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the present study was to begin the development of an animal model of smoking during pregnancy by initially characterizing nicotine self-administration (NSA) in pregnant rats. Another purpose was to begin to explore the effects of pregnancy on nicotine pharmacokinetics in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In experiment 1, female rats self-administering nicotine during 23-h sessions were examined throughout gestation and lactation. In experiment 2, locomotor activity was measured during pregnancy to assess further potential motor effects of pregnancy. Experiments 3 and 4 compared the single-dose pharmacokinetics of nicotine in male, nonpregnant female, and pregnant females in the first and third trimester of pregnancy and the first week of lactation. RESULTS: NSA decreased over the course of pregnancy with NSA significantly lower in the third trimester compared to nonpregnant controls. NSA remained suppressed for up to 10 days into lactation. Locomotor behavior was also significantly suppressed during the second and third trimesters and throughout lactation. Nicotine elimination was slower in pregnant females compared to nonpregnant females only in the third trimester. CONCLUSIONS: NSA, locomotor behavior, and nicotine elimination in rats are decreased during late pregnancy. The present study is the first to characterize NSA during pregnancy in animals, providing a potential model of maternal smoking in humans.
Mark G Lesage; Daniel E Keyler; Danielle Burroughs; Paul R Pentel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2007-07-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychopharmacology     Volume:  194     ISSN:  0033-3158     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychopharmacology (Berl.)     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-11     Completed Date:  2008-01-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7608025     Medline TA:  Psychopharmacology (Berl)     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  413-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, 914 South 8th Street, D3-860, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal / drug effects,  physiology
Conditioning, Operant / drug effects
Lactation / physiology
Models, Animal*
Motor Activity / physiology
Nicotine / pharmacokinetics*,  pharmacology
Nicotinic Agonists / pharmacokinetics*,  pharmacology
Rats, Sprague-Dawley
Self Administration
Grant Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Nicotinic Agonists; 54-11-5/Nicotine

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