Anticonflict effect of the putative serotonin receptor agonist 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT)

Eur J Pharmacol. 1984 Oct 15;105(3-4):365-8. doi: 10.1016/0014-2999(84)90634-4.


The putative 5-HT agonist 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OHDPAT) produced in rats an increase in the number of shocks accepted in a modified Vogel's conflict test design. Subchronic pretreatment with p-chlorophenylalanine (PCPA) similarly caused release of the punished behavior. This anticonflict effect of PCPA was antagonized by both 5-hydrotryptophan and 8-OH-DPAT. Thus in naive animals 8-OH-DPAT exerting anticonflict effects acted like a 5-HT antagonist, whereas in subchronically PCPA-pretreated animals with presumably supersensitive 5-HT receptors, 8-OH-DPAT decreasing the number of accepted shocks acted like a 5-HT agonist.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 8-Hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin
  • Animals
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Fenclonine / pharmacology
  • Male
  • Naphthalenes / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Receptors, Serotonin / drug effects*
  • Tetrahydronaphthalenes / pharmacology*


  • Naphthalenes
  • Receptors, Serotonin
  • Tetrahydronaphthalenes
  • 8-Hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin
  • Fenclonine