A single high dose of apomorphine (10 mg kg-1) produced not only contextual sensitization to and conditioning of climbing behavior, but also context-independent tolerance to hypothermia. MK-801 (0.15 and 0.3 mg kg-1) inhibited contextual sensitization to and conditioning of climbing behavior. Development of tolerance to hypothermia was also inhibited by MK-801. Dopamine D1 antagonist, SCH23390 (0.5 mg kg-1), but not D2 antagonist, sulpiride, inhibited sensitization to and conditioning of climbing behavior. D2 antagonist, sulpiride (50 mg kg-1), but not D1 antagonist, SCH23390, inhibited development of tolerance to hypothermia. These results suggest that MK-801 inhibited contextual sensitization to climbing behavior and development of tolerance to hypothermia through glutamatergic modulation of dopaminergic functions at dopamine receptors.
- Climbing behavior
- Contextual sensitization