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Low-dose stimulatory effects of ethanol during adolescence in rat lines selectively bred for high alcohol intake.
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PMID:  15100603     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The low-dose stimulatory effect of ethanol (EtOH) in rats has been hypothesized to reflect its hedonic effects and to be associated with a genetic predisposition toward high alcohol preference. To test the hypothesis that phenotypes associated with high alcohol preference in adulthood are also present in adolescent rats at the time of onset of alcohol drinking, the current study examined the effects of EtOH on locomotor activity (LMA) during adolescence in lines of rats selectively bred for divergent alcohol intakes. METHODS: Subjects were adolescent (31-40 days of age) rats from the alcohol-preferring (P) and -nonpreferring (NP) lines and from the high-alcohol-drinking (HAD) and low-alcohol-drinking (LAD) replicate lines. On day 1, all subjects (n = 8-10/line/gender/dose) received intraperitoneal saline injections and were placed in the activity monitor for 30 min. On day 2, subjects received intraperitoneal saline or 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1.0, or 1.5 g EtOH/kg. RESULTS: The LMA of male and female P rats was increased with low doses (0.25-0.75 g/kg) and decreased at the highest dose (1.5 g/kg) of EtOH. Similar effects were observed with low doses of EtOH on the LMA of HAD-1 and HAD-2 rats. None of the EtOH doses stimulated LMA in the NP, LAD-1, or LAD-2 rats, although all of the low-alcohol-intake lines of rats showed decreased LMA at the highest dose of EtOH. Only the P rats among the high-alcohol-consuming lines of rats showed decreased LMA at the highest dose of EtOH. CONCLUSION: Selective breeding for high alcohol consumption seems to be associated with increased sensitivity to the low-dose stimulating effects of EtOH and reduced sensitivity to the high-dose motor-impairing effects of ethanol. The expression of these phenotypes emerges during adolescence by the age of onset of alcohol-drinking behavior.
Z A Rodd; R L Bell; D L McKinzie; A A Webster; J M Murphy; L Lumeng; T-K Li; W J McBride
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0145-6008     ISO Abbreviation:  Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-21     Completed Date:  2004-07-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707242     Medline TA:  Alcohol Clin Exp Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  535-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry and Institute of Psychiatric Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-4887, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Alcohol Drinking / genetics,  physiopathology*
Breeding / methods
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Ethanol / administration & dosage*
Motor Activity / drug effects*,  genetics
Rats, Wistar
Species Specificity
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