8-OH-DPAT microinjected in the region of the dorsal raphe nucleus blocks and reverses the enhancement of fear conditioning and interference with escape produced by exposure to inescapable shock

Behav Neurosci. 1995 Jun;109(3):404-12. doi: 10.1037//0735-7044.109.3.404.


Prior work suggests that inhibition of the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) either during exposure to inescapable electric shock (IS) or during later behavioral testing might block the usual behavioral consequences of IS. The 5-HT1A agonist 8-OH-DPAT was microinjected into the region of the DRN either before exposure to IS or before testing for fear conditioning and escape learning conducted 24 hr later. IS potentiated fear conditioning and interfered with escape performance. These effects were completely prevented by intra-DRN administration of 8-OH-DPAT at either point. Low but not high systemic doses of 8-OH-DPAT had a similar effect, supporting the idea that the effective site of action is presynaptic. The relation between these data and other effects of 8-OH-DPAT is discussed.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • 8-Hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Brain Mapping
  • Conditioning, Classical / drug effects*
  • Escape Reaction / drug effects*
  • Fear / drug effects*
  • Helplessness, Learned*
  • Male
  • Mental Recall / drug effects
  • Microinjections
  • Raphe Nuclei / drug effects*
  • Rats
  • Reaction Time / drug effects
  • Receptors, Serotonin / drug effects
  • Synaptic Transmission / drug effects


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