G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) associated sorting protein 1 (GASP-1) interacts with GPCRs and is implicated in their postendocytic sorting. Recently, GASP-1 has been shown to regulate dopamine (D(2)) and cannabinoid (CB1) receptor signalling, suggesting that preventing GASP-1 interaction with GPCRs might provide a means to limit the decrease in receptor signalling upon sustained agonist treatment. In order to test this hypothesis, we have generated and behaviourally characterized GASP-1 knockout (KO) mice and have examined the consequences of the absence of GASP-1 on chronic cocaine treatments. GASP-1 KO and wild-type (WT) mice were tested for sensitization to the locomotor effects of cocaine. Additional mice were trained to acquire intravenous self-administration of cocaine on a fixed ratio 1 schedule of reinforcement, and the motivational value of cocaine was then assessed using a progressive ratio schedule of reinforcement. The dopamine and muscarinic receptor densities were quantitatively evaluated in the striatum of WT and KO mice tested for sensitization and self-administration. Acute and sensitized cocaine-locomotor effects were attenuated in KO mice. A decrease in the percentage of animals that acquired cocaine self-administration was also observed in GASP-1-deficient mice, which was associated with pronounced down-regulation of dopamine and muscarinic receptors in the striatum. These data indicate that GASP-1 participates in acute and chronic behavioural responses induced by cocaine and are in agreement with a role of GASP-1 in postendocytic sorting of GPCRs. However, in contrast to previous studies, our data suggest that upon sustained receptor stimulation GASP-1 stimulates recycling rather than receptor degradation.