Excitatory amino acid receptor subtype agonists induce feeding in the nucleus accumbens shell in rats: Opioid antagonist actions and interactions with μ-opioid agonists

Joyce A. Echo, Nicole Lamonte, Garrison Christian, Vladimir Znamensky, Tsippa F. Ackerman, Richard J. Bodnar

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Abstract

Administration of μ-opioid receptor subtype agonists into the nucleus accumbens shell elicits feeding which is dependent upon the normal function of μ-, δ- and κ-opioid receptors, D1 dopamine receptors and GABAB receptors in the nucleus accumbens shell for its full expression. Whereas the AMPA antagonist, DNQX administered into the nucleus accumbens shell elicits a transient, though intense feeding response, feeding is elicited by excitatory amino acid agonists administered into the lateral hypothalamus. The present study examined whether excitatory amino acid agonists elicited feeding following administration into the nucleus accumbens shell of rats, whether such feeding responses were altered by opioid antagonist pretreatment, and whether such feeding responses interacted with feeding elicited by μ-opioid agonists. Both AMPA (0.25-0.5 μg) and NMDA (1 μg) in the nucleus accumbens shell significantly and dose-dependently increased food intake over 4 h. Both feeding responses were blocked by naltrexone pretreatment in the nucleus accumbens shell. The μ-opioid agonist, [D-Ala2, NMe-Phe4, Gly-ol5]-enkephalin in the nucleus accumbens shell significantly increased food intake which was significantly enhanced by AMPA cotreatment. This enhanced feeding response was in turn blocked by pretreatment with either general or μ-selective opioid antagonists. In contrast, cotreatment of NMDA and the μ-opioid agonist in the nucleus accumbens shell elicited feeding which was significantly less than that elicited by either treatment alone. These data indicate the presence of important interactions between excitatory amino acid receptors and μ-opioid receptors in the nucleus accumbens shell in mediating feeding responses in nondeprived, ad libitum-fed rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-97
Number of pages12
JournalBrain Research
Volume921
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 7 Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AMPA
  • DAMGO
  • Feeding
  • N-Mehyl-D-aspartate
  • Nucleus accumbens shell
  • μ-Opioid receptor

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