PubMed 22914075

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Automatically associated channels: Kir6.2

Title: Maternal exposure to picrotoxin modifies the response of the GABAA receptor during sexual behavior of adult male rat offspring.

Authors: Maria M Bernardi, Thiago B Kirsten, Elizabeth Teodorov, Ana C Z Baso, Fabio C Prosdocimi, Luciano F Felicio

Journal, date & volume: Behav Pharmacol, 2012 Oct , 23, 703-9

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This study investigated whether perinatal exposure to picrotoxin, a GABAA antagonist, modifies the effect of muscimol, a GABAA agonist, on the sexual behavior of adult male rats. Two hours after birth and then once daily during the next 9 days of lactation, dams received picrotoxin (0.75 mg/kg subcutaneously) or saline (1 ml/kg subcutaneously). The adult male offspring from the picrotoxin and saline groups received saline (1 ml/kg intraperitoneally) or muscimol (1 mg/kg intraperitoneally), and 15 min later, their sexual behavior was assessed. Muscimol treatment in the saline-exposed group increased the mount and intromission latencies. However, these effects were absent in the picrotoxin-exposed groups. The latencies to first ejaculation, postejaculatory mount, and intromission were decreased in both picrotoxin-exposed groups relative to the saline-exposed groups. The picrotoxin+muscimol-treated rats required more intromissions to ejaculate and the picrotoxin-exposed groups made more ejaculations than the saline-exposed groups. Thus, muscimol treatment did not increase the mount and intromission latencies following picrotoxin exposure, but increased the ejaculation frequency, which did not differ between the picrotoxin+muscimol and the picrotoxin+saline groups. These data indicate that perinatal picrotoxin treatment interfered with GABAA receptor development.