Effect of quipazine on rat plasma prolactin levels

Herbert Y. Meltzer, Victor S. Fang, Steven M. Paul, Rita Kaluskar

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Quipazine (2-(1-piperazinyl) quinoline maleate), a serotonin agonist which also has other effects on serotonin metabolism, in doses from 2.5 - 20 mg/kg, i.p., was found to markedly increase plasma prolactin levels in male rats. This increase was blocked by the serotonin antagonists methysergide and brom-lysergic acid diethylamide and potentiated by para-chlorophenylalanine, an inhibitor of serotonin synthesis. These findings suggest that the increase in plasma prolactin levels is due to the serotonin agonist properties of quipazine. Apomorphine and 2-Br-α-ergocryptine pretreatment blocked the effect on plasma prolactin of quipazine, while apomorphine given 15 min after quipazine brought about a rapid decline in the elevated plasma prolactin levels produced by quipazine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1078
Number of pages6
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 1 1976


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