The effects of prolonged postnatal administration of haloperidol (H) on ultrasonic vocalization elicited by the removal of rat pups from their nest were investigated. The results show that the number of ultrasonic calls was significantly reduced by H exposure from the 8th until the 14th day after birth. Conversely, this neuroleptic significantly increased the duration of ultrasounds from the 4th up to the 16th day of age. Moreover, changes in the frequency of calls were produced by early postnatal treatment with H. These alterations could be due to an impaired functional maturation of the dopaminergic system produced by neonatal exposure to H. Furthermore, the present data suggest that ultrasonic vocalization may be considered as an early sensitive indicator of subtle changes elicited by the postnatal treatment with a dopamine receptor blocking agent at dose levels below those associated with overt signs of neurotoxicity.
|Titolo:||ULTRASONIC VOCALIZATION IN RAT PUPS - EFFECTS OF EARLY POSTNATAL EXPOSURE TO HALOPERIDOL|
RACAGNI, GIORGIO ANGELO (Penultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1986|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/0024-3205(86)90475-3|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|