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Modulation of anxiety-like behaviour by Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid Type 1 (TRPV1) channels located in the dorsolateral periaqueductal gray
EUROPEAN NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, v.19, n.3, p.188-195, 2009
TERZIAN, Ana Luisa B.
AGUIAR, Daniele C.
GUIMARAES, Francisco S.
MOREIRA, Fabricio A.
The endocannabinoid anandamide is a possible agonist at the Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid Type 1 (TRPV1) channel, in addition to its agonist activity at cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) receptor. In the midbrain dorsolateral periaqueductal gray (dlPAC) our previous data showed that CB1 activation induces anxiolytic-like effects. However, the rote of TRPV1 has remained unclear. Thus, in the present study we tested the hypothesis that this channel would contribute to the modulation of anxiety-like behaviour in the dlPAG. Mate Wistar rats received local injections of the TRPV1 antagonist capsazepine (10-60 nmol) and were submitted to the elevated plus-maze (EPM) and to the Vogel test. In addition, animals received local injections of capsaicin (0.01-1nmol), a TRPV1 agonist, and were tested in the same models. In accordance with our hypothesis, capsazepine produced anxiolytic-like effects both in the EPM and in the Vogel test. Capsaicin mimicked these results, which might be attributed to its ability to quickly desensitize the channel. Altogether, our data suggest that, while CB1 receptors seem to inhibit aversive responses in the dlPAG, TRPV1 could facilitate them. Thus, CB1 and TRPV1 may have opposite functions in modulating anxiety-like behaviour in this region. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. and ECNP. All rights reserved.