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Inhibition of the l-arginine-nitric oxide pathway mediates the antidepressant effects of ketamine in rats in the forced swimming test.
|Title||Inhibition of the l-arginine-nitric oxide pathway mediates the antidepressant effects of ketamine in rats in the forced swimming test.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Zhang G-F, Wang N, Shi J-Y, Xu S-X, Li X-M, Ji M-H, Zuo Z-Y, Zhou Z-Q, Yang J-J|
|Journal||Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior|
|Date Published||2013 Sep|
Converging evidence shows that the acute administration of a sub-anaesthetic dose ketamine produces fast-acting and robust antidepressant properties in patients suffering from major depressive disorder. However, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the role of the l-arginine-nitric oxide pathway in the antidepressant effects of ketamine in rats performing the forced swimming test (FST). Ketamine (10mg/kg) significantly decreased immobility times in the FST and the activities of total nitric oxide synthases (T-NOS), inducible NOS (iNOS), and endothelial NOS (eNOS) in the rat hippocampus. Interestingly, the plasma activities of T-NOS, iNOS, and eNOS increased after administration of ketamine. Furthermore, the activities of neuronal NOS (nNOS) did not change significantly in either the hippocampus or plasma after ketamine administration. The antidepressant effects of ketamine were prevented by pre-treatment with l-arginine (750mg/kg). Pre-treatment with the NOS inhibitor l-NG-nitroarginine methyl ester at a sub-antidepressant dose of 50mg/kg and ketamine at a sub-antidepressant dose of 3mg/kg reduced immobility time in the FST compared to treatment with either drug alone. None of the drugs affected crossing and rearing scores in the open field test. These results suggest that the l-arginine-nitric oxide pathway is involved in the antidepressant effects of ketamine observed in rats in the FST and this involvement is characterised by the inhibition of brain T-NOS, iNOS, and eNOS activities.
|Alternate Journal||Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav.|