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Psychopharmacology (2000) 150:325–336Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1007/s002130000442 Hongbo Zhu · Gordon A. Barr
Naltrexone-precipitated morphine withdrawal in infant ratis attenuated by acute administration of NOS inhibitorsbut not NMDA receptor antagonists Received: 17 November 1999 / Accepted: 6 March 2000 / Published online: 19 April 2000 Springer-Verlag 2000 Abstract
Rationale: There is increasing evidence that the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor and the ni-tric oxide system are involved in opiate dependence in There is a large population of opiate-addicted childbear- the adult rat, but whether these results in the adult apply ing-aged women in the United States and each year un- to the infant rat is unknown. Objectives: Here we exam- known numbers of infants are born to these women ined the effects of NMDA receptor antagonists and nitric (Hutchings 1987). These human infants, born to mothers oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitors, which reduce the opiate who are exposed to opiate drugs such as heroin during abstinence syndrome in adult animals, on morphine their pregnancy, have a higher incidence of morbidity withdrawal in the infant rat. Methods: Neonatal rats were and mortality than do the offspring of nonaddicted wom- injected with morphine sulfate (10.0 mg/kg) twice daily en (Naeye et al. 1973; Connaughton et al. 1977; Wilson for 6.5 days. On the 7th day, pups were injected with et al. 1979). Although there is much research on opiate NOS inhibitors (L-NAME or 7-NI), NMDA receptor an- withdrawal in adult animals, there are few studies in the tagonists (MK-801 or AP-5), or vehicle. After 15 min, neonates (Barr and Jones 1994). Recent studies have the pups were injected with naltrexone (1 mg/kg) to pre- shown that when the behavioral repertoire appropriate to cipitate withdrawal. Behavior for each pup was identi- the age of the animal is examined, infant rat pups experi- fied and recorded every 15 s for 10 min before naltrex- ence opiate tolerance and dependence if the dams are ex- one injection and 15 min after naltrexone injection.
posed to opiates during their pregnancy or the pups are Results: Both L-NAME and 7-NI significantly reduced treated directly with opiates (Jones and Barr 1995; most withdrawal behaviors in the infant rat, a result in Windh et al. 1995; Thornton and Smith 1997; Thornton line with previous studies in the adult rat. In contrast, AP-5 reduced some withdrawal behaviors but also in- In spite of decades of research, the understanding of creased others (e.g., moving paws). MK-801 was like- the mechanisms underlying opiate tolerance, physical de- wise ineffective in reducing most withdrawal behaviors pendence, and withdrawal is still very limited (Trujillo and increased certain withdrawal behaviors (walking and 1999). It has been suggested that multiple mechanisms op- wall climbing). Conclusions: In the infant rat, the pro- erate in these processes (Thorat et al. 1994). Recently, duction of nitric oxide is involved in opiate withdrawal there have been a number of reports from a variety whereas the NMDA receptor may not yet be functionally active or may play only a minor role.
(NMDA) receptor antagonists (both noncompetitive andcompetitive) (Akaoka and Aston-Jones 1991; Trujillo and Key words Opiate withdrawal · Neonatal · 7-NI ·
Akil 1991a, 1991b) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS) in- hibitors (Adams et al. 1993; Cappendijk et al. 1993;Kimes et al. 1993; Vaupel et al. 1995a, 1995b) can inhibitthe development and expression of mu opioid dependence This study was supported by grants DA 06600 and DA 00325 in the adult rodent. It has been hypothesized that NMDA from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to G.A.B.
receptor, its second messenger system, and the productionof nitric oxide (NO) via the activation of the NMDA re- ceptor play pivotal roles (Elliott et al. 1995; Thorat et al.
Biopsychology Doctoral Program, Department of Psychology,Hunter College, City University of New York, 695 Park Avenue, 1994; Mao et al. 1995; Inturrisi 1997; Mayer and Mao 1999; Trujillo 1995, 1999; Vaupel et al. 1995a, 1995b).
It is not known whether these mechanisms in adults G.A. BarrNew York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY 10032, USA apply to infants. The neonatal CNS is both structurally and functionally different from that of the adult, and sig- Table 1 Behavioral definitions
nificant changes in opioid actions occur both prenatally and postnatally (Barr 1992, 1993; Fitzgerald 1995). Atthe same time, the NMDA receptor, which is believed to play an essential role in opiate dependence, undergoes qualitative and quantitative changes during development (Kalb et al. 1992; Hori and Kanda 1994; Kalb and Fox Turning the body over at least one full rotation 1997). There are significant developmental alterations Bodily contact with one or more littermates both in the density of the receptor (Tremblay et al. 1988; Morin et al. 1989; Represa et al. 1989) and in the sensi- Placing at least two forepaws on the wall of the tivity to magnesium (Ben-Ari et al. 1988; Bowe and Nadler 1990; Morrisett et al. 1990) of the NMDA recep-tor during the course of development. Thus, the pharma-cological effects of NMDA antagonists and NOS inhibi- Morphine treatment and behavior observation tors in the infant may not be necessarily comparable tothose in the adult. In fact, there is at least one study (Bell Pups were tattooed with India ink (Geller and Geller 1966), whichwas injected into one or two paws to label individual pups perma- and Beglan 1995) reporting negative results of the ef- nently in each litter. To induce morphine dependence, all pups in a fects of an NMDA receptor antagonist (MK-801) on the litter were removed from the dam and individual rats were inject- development of tolerance to morphine in the neonatal ed with morphine sulfate (IP, 10 mg/kg) twice daily (10 a.m. and rat, which is in contrast to reports in the adult rat 6 p.m.) for 6.5 days. The last injection was in the morning of the 7th day. In the afternoon of the 7th day, animals were transportedfrom the animal facility to our laboratory in plastic tubs with wood The present studies investigated the pharmacological chip bedding and placed in an observation chamber maintained at effects of acute administration of MK-801, a noncompet- approximately 33°C. Pups were weighed and subjected to various itive NMDA receptor antagonist (Trujillo and Akil drug treatment procedures (detailed in experiment 1 and experi- 1991a), AP-5, a competitive NMDA antagonist (Akaoka ment 2). The order of treatment conditions was assigned randomlywithin each experiment. After the drug treatment, the pup was and Aston-Jones 1991), NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester then placed back into the observation chamber with the remainder (L-NAME), a nonselective NOS inhibitor (Kimes et al.
of the litter (without the dam). Fifteen minutes later, naltrexone 1993; Vaupel et al. 1995a, 1995b), and 7-nitroindazole was injected to precipitate withdrawal. The behavior of the pups (7-NI), a neural selective NOS inhibitor (Kimes et al.
was observed for 10 min before the injection of naltrexone (5 minafter the treatment with test drugs) and 15 min after the injection 1993; Vaupel et al. 1995a, 1995b), on the naltrexone- of naltrexone. During these observation periods, the behavior of precipitated morphine withdrawal in the 7-day-old rat the pups was identified every 15 s and recorded on a checklist by pup. Although these compounds were reported to inhibit an observer (see Table 1 for definitions of behavior included in the both the development and the expression of opiate de- checklist). When the observation for a specific pup ended, the pup pendence, or withdrawal in the adult (Herman et al.
was anesthetized and placed back into the litter to keep the littersize unchanged. The next pup was then tested until all treatment 1995), the present studies focused attention on their po- groups were completed. Animals were sacrificed with sodium tential in blocking various withdrawal signs in the neo- pentobarbital at the conclusion of the experiments.
natal rat. It was our hypothesis that these drugs shouldattenuate opiate withdrawal behaviors in the infant rat,even though any direct and meaningful comparison with the adult may be difficult since withdrawal behaviorsdisplayed by the infant rat are very different from those of the adult rat (Jones and Barr 1995; Windh et al. 1995;Thornton et al. 1997).
As described, in the afternoon of the 7th day, morphine-dependent rat pups were transported from the animal fa-cility to our laboratory. The pups were treated with saline (IP, n=16, control for MK-801 and L-NAME, or ICV,n=8, control for AP-5), dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) (IP, n=8, control for 7-NI), MK-801 (IP, 0.01, 0.05, All animal procedures were in accordance with the “Principles of 0.25 mg/kg, n=8 for each dose), AP-5 (ICV, 3, 30, laboratory animal care” (NIH publication, 1996). The subjects 300 nmol, n=8 for each dose except for 300 nmol, which were the offspring of Long-Evans hooded rats bred in our labora- was terminated after four pups), L-NAME (IP, 15, 75, tory. Parent animals were housed in plastic tubs with wood chips 375 mg/kg, n=8 for each dose), or 7-NI (IP, 5, 15, in a colony room maintained at 22–24°C on a 12-h light/12-h darkphotocycle with light onset at 7 a.m. The breeding colony existed 45 mg/kg, n=8 for each dose), respectively. For each spe- in a separate room with minimal disturbances except for normal cific litter (N=16), eight pups were used. MK-801 and L- cleaning, feeding and record keeping. Parent animals had Purina NAME, including the respective control groups, were Lab Chow (Purina 5012) and water available ad libitum. Cages tested concurrently in the same litter. AP5 and 7-NI, in- were checked twice daily, at approximately 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
cluding the respective control groups, were also tested Pups found at either time were termed 0 days of age. After parturi-tion, litters were culled to ten pups without regard for the ratio of concurrently in the same litter. All drugs were delivered via IP injection except AP-5 (and its control group), which was delivered via ICV injection (Carden et al.
one period, behavior occurrences were summed for the 1991). AP-5 is not effective in passing the blood-brain 10-min observation period. For the data collected in the barrier, and comparable studies (Akaoka and Aston- post-naltrexone period, the 15-min observation was di- Jones 1991) used similar techniques to deliver this com- vided into three different time periods, each consisting of pound directly into the CNS. During the ICV injection, 5 min; behaviors were summed in each time period, the pup was held with its head gently bent forward and which was treated as a within-subjects variable. For both down. A beveled 30-gauge needle attached to a Hamil- pre-naltrexone and post-naltrexone periods, all doses of ton syringe was introduced into the cisterna magna and the same drug were injected within a single litter, and the 4 µl of the drug was injected over a 30-s period. The nee- drug dose effect was treated as a within-subjects vari- dle was left in position for another 30 s, then removed.
Control groups received the same volume of saline in asimilar manner. We did not deliberately match the num-ber of males and females in each treatment group since previous studies (Jones and Barr 1995) on the opiatewithdrawal in the 7-day-old rat show that gender is not a factor in opiate withdrawal in rats of this age. Fifteenminutes after pre-treatment, the pup was injected with naltrexone (IP, 1.0 mg/kg) to precipitate withdrawal andreturned to the litter. Behavior of the pup was observed Treatment with various doses of 7-NI and L-NAME did for 10 min before the treatment of naltrexone (pre- not significantly alter the behaviors of the morphine-de- naltrexone period) and 15 min after naltrexone injection pendent rat (Table 2 ). Except for some baseline activi- (post-naltrexone period). Data collected from the pre- ties, all experimental groups largely remained quiet.
naltrexone period were used to analyze the effects of thedrugs on the morphine-dependent rat without the influ-ence of naltrexone. Any potential order effect was mini- mized since the doses were randomly assigned (Latinsquare design) and the observer was blind to doses and The results for the post-naltrexone period show that drugs. We did not include saline control groups for mor- treatment with both 7-NI and L-NAME significantly re- phine treatment because previous reports by our labora- duced most of the morphine withdrawal behaviors pre- tory (Jones and Barr 1995) and others (Windh et al.
cipitated by naltrexone in infant rats (Table 3 ). We ana- 1995; Thornton and Smith 1997; Thornton et al. 1997) lyzed a total of three possible effects: dose effects, time had clearly demonstrated that saline-treated rat pups of effects and interaction between dose and time. Both 7-NI comparable age basically remain quiet and do not dis- and L-NAME significantly dose dependently decreased head moves, moving paws, rolling and together behav-iors and increased quiet behavior. In addition, pre-treat-ment with 7-NI significantly decreased walking behavior in the infant rat; pre-treatment with L-NAME had no sig-nificant effect on walking behavior. We failed to find any Separate statistical analyses were conducted for the four significant effect on wall-climbing behavior for pre- drugs. For each behavior, a one-way analysis of variance treatment with either 7-NI or L-NAME. The dose effects (ANOVA) was conducted for the pre-naltrexone period of 7-NI and L-NAME on naltrexone-precipitated mor- and a two-way ANOVA was conducted for the post-nal- phine withdrawal in the 7-day-old rat are shown in trexone period. For the data collected in the pre-naltrex- Table 2 Behavior occurrences after treatment of NOS inhibitors but before treatment of naltrexone in the morphine-dependent rat of
7 days old
Note: cell entries are mean occurrences of behavior ± SEM. There were no significant differences between any treatment condition andthe corresponding control group (N = 8 per cell) Table 3 Results of analyses of
variance for withdrawal behav-
iors in NOS inhibitor treated 7-day-old rats (bold type P<0.05) significantly attenuated the following behaviors: headmoves, together and walking, but increased quiet behav- ior and intensified moving paws behavior. The dose ef-fects of MK-801 and AP-5 on naltrexone-precipitated Treatment with various doses of MK-801 and AP-5 did morphine withdrawal in the 7-day-old rat are shown in not significantly alter the behaviors of the morphine- dependent rat (Table 4). Except for some baseline activi-ties, all experimental groups largely remained quiet. Thehighest dose of AP-5 (300 nmol) sedated all treated sub- jects (a total of four rat pups; simple reflexes disap-peared in these subjects) and we terminated the test for The results of experiment 1 suggest that neither of the this specific dose and the data are not included here.
two NOS inhibitors we tested significantly altered theoccurrences of various behaviors in the 7-day-old rat pri-or to naltrexone injection, whereas both 7-NI and L- NAME were very effective in depressing various with-drawal behaviors precipitated by naltrexone. Thus, it The results for the post-naltrexone period show that seems that NOS inhibitors selectively attenuated with- treatment with either MK-801 or AP-5 had unexpected drawal behaviors. Both 7-NI and L-NAME significantly effects on the morphine withdrawal syndrome (Table 5).
decreased head moves, moving paws, rolling and togeth- MK-801 significantly decreased head moves, moving er behaviors and increased quiet behavior. In addition, paws, together and quiet behaviors. At the same time, pre-treatment of 7-NI also significantly decreased walk- pre-treatment with MK-801 significantly increased walk- ing behavior in the infant rats. Although we failed to find ing and wall-climbing behaviors. Treatment with AP-5 any significant results of wall-climbing behavior for ei- Fig. 1 Dose effect of 7-NI. Ordinate mean occurrences (mean ±
Fig. 2 Dose effect of L-NAME. Ordinate mean occurrences (mean
SEM) in 5 min of various opiate withdrawal behaviors (for defini- ± SEM) in 5 min of various opiate withdrawal behaviors (for defi- tion see Table 1 ) in the 7-day-old rat. Abscissa treatment, log nition see Table 1 ) in the 7-day-old rat. Abscissa treatment, log scale (units: mg/kg). Dose effects were significant for all with- scale (units: mg/kg). Dose effects were significant for all with- drawal behaviors except walking and wall climbing Table 4 Behavior occurrences after treatment of NMDA antagonists but before treatment of naltrexone in the morphine-dependent rat
7 days old
Note: Cell entries are mean occurrences of behavior ± SEM. There were no significant differences between any treatment condition andthe corresponding control group (N=8 per cell)aThis dose of AP-5 sedated all treated subjects (a total of four rat pups; simple reflexes disappeared in these subjects) and the test forthis specific dose was terminated Table 5 Results of analyses of
variance for withdrawal behav-
iors in NMDA antagonist treat-ed 7-day-old rats (bold type ther 7-NI or L-NAME and walking behavior for L- crease for pups pre-treated with MK-801. MK-801 was NAME, this was very likely due to the fact that walking reported to increase locomotion activities in adult rats and wall climbing are very rare withdrawal behaviors in (“PCP like” effect) (Herman et al. 1995). It is possible the infant rat (Jones and Barr 1995), and thus the statisti- that the observed increase in walking and wall climbing cal power for these behaviors is considerably lower than in the 7-day-old rat was due to the “PCP like” effect of for other withdrawal behaviors that occurred more fre- MK-801 independent of withdrawal. There are several quently. Our results on the effect of NOS inhibitors in at- reasons why this is unlikely. First, MK-801 did not sig- tenuating withdrawal are in line with the findings by oth- nificantly alter the occurrence of walking and wall- ers in adult rats (Kimes et al. 1993; Vaupel et al. 1995a, climbing behavior in the 7-day-old rat which was not ex- 1995b) and mice (Thorat et al. 1994).
periencing opiate withdrawal (Table 4); instead, MK-801 The effects of the NMDA antagonists are more diffi- only increased these behaviors after the naltrexone chal- cult to interpret. On the one hand, both MK-801 and AP- lenge. Therefore, it seems that MK-801 selectively in- 5 attenuated some of the withdrawal behaviors; on the creased withdrawal behaviors in the 7-day-old rat. Sec- other hand, both of them increased some. The effects of ond, in an ongoing study we also failed to find any sig- MK-801 were especially unexpected. MK-801 dose de- nificantly increased activity elicited by comparable dos- pendently intensified walking and wall climbing and re- es of MK-801 alone, MK-801 with chronic morphine but duced the quiet behavior. Because we did not record not naltrexone, or MK-801 with naltrexone but not head moves and moving paws behaviors if the rat pup chronic morphine in the 7-day-old neonatal rat. Third, was walking or wall climbing, for MK-801, the attenua- MK-801 induced locomotion activities only at consider- tion of head moves and moving paws is most likely due ably higher doses (Trujillo 1995). Lastly, when MK-801 to the robust walking and wall-climbing behavior exhib- was administered to preweanling rats (12- to 19-day- ited in the rat pups pre-treated with various dose of MK- old), the “PCP like” effects of increased locomotion 801. Thus, overall withdrawal behaviors appeared to in- were much less robust in the younger pups even within Fig. 3 Dose effect of MK-801. Ordinate mean occurrences (mean
Fig. 4 Dose effect of AP-5. Ordinate mean occurrences (mean ±
± SEM) in 5 min of various opiate withdrawal behaviors (for defi- SEM) in 5 min of various opiate withdrawal behaviors (for defini- nition see Table 1 ) in the 7-day-old rat. Abscissa treatment, log tion see Table 1 ) in the 7-day-old rat. Abscissa treatment, log scale (units: mg/kg). Dose effects were significant for all with- scale (units: nmol). Dose effects were significant for all withdraw- drawal behaviors except rolling. Note ordinate scale changes com- al behaviors except rolling and wall climbing that age range (Scalzo and Burge 1994). Since we found no increased locomotion or wall climbing in pups givenMK-801, and our subjects were much younger than the youngest pups demonstrating a “PCP like” effect, it isnot probable that the increased walking and wall climb- Morphine dependence was established in infant rats as ing seen after MK-801 administration in pups undergo- described in experiment 1, and in the afternoon of day 7 ing withdrawal is due to the MK-801 alone.
rats were injected with saline (IP, n=32) or MK-801 (IP, Since we used only one dose of naltrexone to precipi- 0.05 mg/kg, n=32) as pre-treatment. Fifteen minutes la- tate withdrawal in experiment 1, there was a possibility ter, each pup from both the saline pre-treated group and that the intensification of walking and wall-climbing be- the MK-801 pre-treated group was injected with naltrex- haviors was an interaction between the MK-801 and the one (IP, 0.03, 0.1, 0.3 or 1 mg/kg, n=8 for each dose) to test concentration of the naltrexone (1 mg/kg). There- precipitate withdrawal. All of the doses were randomly fore, we tested the interaction between MK-801 and assigned and the observer was blind to each dose and multiple doses of naltrexone in experiment 2.
drug. The pup that received the naltrexone injection wasthen returned to the litter and its behavior observed for atotal of 15 min. A total of eight pups from each litterwere injected and tested in this manner.
Table 6 Results of the analysis of the interaction between MK-
801 and naltrexone (bold type P<0.05) (MK-801×naltrexone indi-
cates the interaction between MK-801 and naltrexone)
Fig. 5 Interaction between dose of naltrexone and pre-treatment
of MK-801. Ordinate mean occurrences (mean ± SEM) in 15 min
of various opiate withdrawal behaviors (for definition see Table 1)
in the 7-day-old rat. Abscissa naltrexone dose, log scale (units:
A two-way ANOVA was conducted for each behavior,which reflected its occurrences for 15 min. Unlike in ex- (Table 6). Treatment of MK-801 significantly decreased periment 1, the time factor was not analyzed in experi- head moves and quiet behaviors, and, at the same time, ment 2. All doses of naltrexone were injected within a significantly increased walking and wall-climbing be- single litter, and the drug dose effect was treated as a haviors. We failed to find any significant effect of pre- within-subjects variable. The control group (four pups) treatment with MK-801 for the following behaviors: and the MK-801 group (four pups) were from the same moving paws, rolling and together. For no behavior was litter and the MK-801 treatment was treated as a within- there a significant dose effect of naltrexone. There was a significant interaction between MK-801 and naltrexonefor the together behavior only.
The effects of pre-treatment with MK-801 at different doses of naltrexone on withdrawal behaviors in the in-fant rat are depicted in Fig. 5.
Compared to the control group (saline pre-treatment),pre-treatment with MK-801 had significant effects onmorphine withdrawal behaviors precipitated by naltrex- one in infant rats. We analyzed three possible effects: theeffects of the pre-treatment with MK-801 vs saline, the The results of experiment 2 are generally in agreement dose effects of the naltrexone and the interaction be- with the results on the effects of MK-801 in experiment 1.
tween naltrexone and pre-treatment with MK-801 The interaction between treatment of MK-801 and nal- trexone only exists for the together behavior, which de- ment period (2–4 days) (Vaupel et al. 1995a, 1995b). In clined with the high dose of MK-801 in experiment 1.
our experiment 1, the rat pups had been treated with Unlike experiment 1, we failed to find any significant ef- morphine considerably longer (6.5 days) before NOS in- fect of pre-treatment of MK-801 on the moving paws be- hibitor pre-treatment and naltrexone challenge, and we havior. This difference may be due to the fact that, in ex- did not find any increased withdrawal signs for either 7- periment 2, we adopted a medium dose of MK-801 NI or L-NAME. Although we failed to find any signifi- (0.05 mg/kg) and the dose effect of MK-801 in decreas- cant effects on walking and wall-climbing behaviors for ing moving paws behavior exhibited in experiment 1 was L-NAME and on wall-climbing behavior for 7-NI, as ex- significant only for the highest dose (0.25 mg/kg). As in plained earlier, it is likely because these are rarely occur- experiment 1, regardless of the dose of naltrexone, MK- ring behaviors. Though statistically nonsignificant, the 801 decreased head moves and quiet behavior whereas it mean occurrences of both wall-climbing behavior for the increased the occurrences of walking and wall climbing.
7-NI pre-treatment group and walking behavior for the MK-801 did not have any significant effect on the roll- L-NAME pre-treatment group dose dependently de- ing behavior. For the same reasons described in experi- ment 1, we believe that the reduced head moves is likely Vaupel et al. compared the opiate withdrawal attenua- to be confounded by increased walking and wall climb- tion effect of 7-NI with other NOS inhibitors (L-NNA, ing and cannot be regarded as a sign of attenuation of L-NAME, L-NIO) and found that 7-NI attenuated more withdrawal for MK-801. Together with the results from signs of opiate withdrawal than did L-NNA, L-NAME or experiment 1, the results of experiment 2 confirmed that L-NIO in the adult rat (Vaupel et al. 1995a). The results MK-801 is ineffective in suppressing the naltrexone-pre- of experiment 1 extend their data to the neonatal rat. All cipitated morphine withdrawal in the neonatal rat.
withdrawal behaviors suppressed by L-NAME were alsoattenuated by 7-NI, and walking behavior was inhibitedby 7-NI but not L-NAME. Unlike other NOS inhibitors, 7-NI selectively inhibits neuronal NOS (Moore et al.
1993; Vaupel et al. 1995a, 1995b) and, therefore, it lacks There are two conclusions that can be drawn from these the capacity to elevate blood pressure in both untreated experiments. First, acute administration of NOS inhibi- and morphine-dependent rats (Vaupel et al. 1995a, tors is quite effective in attenuating naltrexone-precipi- 1995b). The implication of these studies is that com- tated morphine withdrawal in 7-day-old rat pups. Sec- pounds like 7-NI should rank high on the list of drugs ond, acute administration of NMDA antagonists is not that have potential as a treatment for alleviating clinical effective in inhibiting most of the naltrexone-precipitated signs of opiate withdrawal in human infants.
morphine withdrawal behaviors in 7-day-old rat pups.
Since Trujillo and colleagues (Trujillo and Akil 1991a) In the adult rat, L-NAME, 7-NI and other NOS inhibitors first reported that the noncompetitive NMDA antagonist have been widely reported to reduce opiate withdrawal MK-801 inhibits the development of morphine tolerance symptoms such as wet dog shakes, diarrhea, and groom- and dependence in the adult rat, their findings have been ing (Kimes et al. 1993; Vaupel et al. 1995a, 1995b).
widely replicated (Marek et al. 1991a, 1991b; Ben- However, wet dog shakes, diarrhea, grooming and other Eliyahu et al. 1992; Trujillo and Akil 1994; Elliott et al.
reported attenuated opiate withdrawal behaviors are 1995; Inturrisi 1997; Trujillo 1995, 1999). It is now gen- characteristic only for adult animals and are not present erally agreed that chronic coadministration of MK-801 in the infant rat (Jones and Barr 1995; Windh et al. 1995; and other NMDA antagonists prevents the development Thornton and Smith 1997; Thornton et al. 1997). The ef- of opiate tolerance and dependence in rodents (Herman fect of these drugs on opiate withdrawal behaviors et al. 1995; Trujillo 1995, 1999). More controversial are unique to infants was unknown. We found that, when be- the reports about the effects of MK-801 and other havioral measures appropriate for the infant rat are NMDA antagonists on the expression of morphine with- adopted, acute administration of NOS inhibitors effec- drawal (Herman et al. 1995). Some laboratories report tively reduced a variety of the opioid abstinence symp- that NMDA antagonists inhibit withdrawal symptoms toms in 7-day-old rats, including head moves, moving (Brent and Chahl 1993; Cappendijk et al. 1993; Tanga- paws, rolling together, walking, and increased quiet be- nelli et al. 1991); others report that they do not attenuate opiate withdrawal (Trujillo and Akil 1991a, 1991b), and Vaupel et al. reported that, although NOS inhibitors still others report mixed results (Rasmussen et al. 1991; produced significant decreases in weight loss, diarrhea, Thorat et al. 1994). At first glance, it seems that our re- wet dog shakes and grooming in adult rats, some with- sults are in line with the last group, because in our exper- drawal signs (e.g., exploratory activity) were increased.
iments both MK-801 and AP-5 failed to attenuate some They attributed this to the relatively low level of opiate opiate withdrawal behavior in infant rats, and both inten- dependence of the subjects due to short morphine treat- sified several others. However, it is not clear if our nega- tive results for MK-801 are replicating those negative re- cally but also phylogenetically. As Herman et al. (1995) sults from the adult or are revealing true differences be- first pointed out, depending on species of rodent, the ef- fect of MK-801 on opiate withdrawal is different. In The reason for the difference between chronic treat- guinea pigs, MK-801 is consistently reported to inhibit ment and acute treatment of MK-801 in adult animals is various morphine withdrawal symptoms (Tanganelli et unclear (Trujillo 1995). There may exist fundamental al. 1991; Brent and Chahl 1993). In adult rats, the results differences between the mechanisms of the development are less consistent (Rasmussen et al. 1991; Bhargava et or acquisition of opiate dependence and the physical ex- al. 1995). Most controversial are the effects of MK-801 pression of dependence withdrawal. Although the in inhibiting morphine withdrawal symptoms in mice.
NMDA receptor plays a vital role in the development of There have been reports of both significant effects opiate dependence, once the dependence is established, (Tanganelli et al. 1991) and observations that failed to its expression may not rely on the functioning of the obtain significant effects (Thorat et al. 1994). These dif- NMDA receptor. Studies by Rasmussen and colleagues ferences among species may indicate a relationship be- lend support to the concept that NMDA receptors play tween the level of brain evolution and the degree of MK- only a minor role in the expression of opiate withdrawal.
801 response (Herman et al. 1995). In our experiments, a In opiate-dependent rats, there is a marked increase in possible reason for the ineffectiveness of MK-801 in in- firing of locus coeruleus (LC) neurons during naltrex- hibiting opiate withdrawal behaviors in the infant rat is one-precipitated withdrawal; and opiate withdrawal in- that neural systems of the neonatal rat are ontogenetical- creases glutamate and aspartate efflux in the LC (Ras- ly less evolved than that of the adult rat and phylogeneti- mussen and Aghajanian 1989; Rasmussen et al. 1996).
cally less evolved than that of the guinea pig. Therefore, This increase in activity of LC neurons has been hypoth- the mechanism by which MK-801 takes effect in reduc- esized to be important in opiate withdrawal symptoms ing various opiate withdrawal symptoms in guinea pigs (Rasmussen et al. 1996). The excitatory effect of gluta- and adult rats is ineffective in neonatal rats. Whether the mate in the LC is mediated largely through AMPA (α- different development status of NMDA receptors is re- amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid) sponsible for these observed differences of MK-801 in in- receptors, whereas NMDA receptors mediate little, if hibiting opiate withdrawal in different species and differ- any, of the withdrawal-induced excitation of the LC ently aged rodents is unknown and deserves further study.
(Rasmussen 1995; Rasmussen et al. 1991, 1996). Re- It is important to note that our data do not support, at cently, this group also reported that the selective metabo- least in the infant rat, the notion that the production of tropic glutamate receptor (mGlu2/3 receptor) agonist NO is linked to the activation of NMDA receptors (Mao LY354740 attenuated morphine withdrawal induced acti- et al. 1995; Mayer and Mao 1999) during opiate with- vation of LC neurons and behavioral signs of morphine drawal. When NOS inhibitors were applied, withdrawal withdrawal (Vandergriff and Rasmussen 1999). These behaviors were inhibited, but withdrawal syndromes data suggest that, although NMDA receptors are impor- were still manifest after the blockade of NMDA recep- tant in the acquisition of morphine dependence, once the tors by NMDA receptor antagonists. Our data thus sug- dependence is established, NMDA receptors may play a gest that the activation of NMDA receptors is not neces- minor role. Other glutamate receptors such as AMPA sarily the single trigger of the activation and production and metabotropic glutamate receptors may play the ma- of NO. It seems that once opiate dependence is estab- lished, the activation of NO during withdrawal is trig- On the other hand, the reason that we obtained nega- gered by some factors that are “downstream” to the tive results for the NMDA receptor antagonists in the neonatal rat may be because NMDA receptors functiondifferently in neonatal rats than in adult rats. During de-velopment, NMDA receptors undergo qualitative and quantitative changes (Kalb et al. 1992; Hori and Kanda1994; Kalb and Fox 1997). These include alterations in Adams ML, Kalicki JM, Meyer ER, Cicero TJ (1993) Inhibition density of the receptor (Morin et al. 1989; Represa et al.
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