Dose dependent D2 effects on genital reflexes after MPOA injections of quinelorane and apomorphine

Life Sci. 1991;48(24):2309-15. doi: 10.1016/0024-3205(91)90267-f.


This study investigated the effects on genital reflexes of unilateral MPOA injections of 0.1, 1, 3, and 10 micrograms of the D2 agonist quinelorane (LY-163502), and of 3 micrograms quinelorane administered together with 3 micrograms of the D1 antagonist SCH-23390. In addition, the effects of an MPOA injection of 10 micrograms apomorphine were tested. All but the lowest dose of quinelorane significantly decreased the latency to the first reflex. The 3 and 10 micrograms doses of quinelorane, and the combination of quinelorane and SCH-23390, decreased the total number of reflexes. In addition, 10 micrograms quinelorane increased the number of seminal emissions. 10 micrograms apomorphine, like 10 micrograms quinelorane, decreased the latency to the first reflex and increased the number of seminal emissions, but did not decrease the numbers of erections or penile movements. The ratio of D1/D2 activity may influence the number of erections displayed during ex copula testing.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apomorphine / pharmacology*
  • Benzazepines / pharmacology
  • Male
  • Penile Erection / drug effects
  • Penis / drug effects
  • Penis / physiology*
  • Preoptic Area / drug effects*
  • Preoptic Area / physiology
  • Quinolines / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Receptors, Dopamine / drug effects
  • Receptors, Dopamine / physiology*
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2
  • Reflex / drug effects
  • Reflex / physiology


  • Benzazepines
  • Quinolines
  • Receptors, Dopamine
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2
  • Apomorphine
  • quinelorane