Non-linearity in combined effects of ELF magnetic field and amphetamine on motor activity in rats
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The effects of short-term (15 min) pre-exposure of rats to extremely low-frequency magnetic field (ELF-MF, 50 Hz, 6 mT) on their motor (locomotor and stereotypic) activity induced by D-amphetamine sulphate (AMPH) at different doses (0.5, 1.5 and 4.5 mg/kg, i.p.) were studied in the open field test. In saline-treated rats both parameters of motor activity were unaffected by ELF-MF irradiation. The rats pre-exposed to ELF-MF and injected with the lowest dose of AMPH showed the same locomotor activity as control animals, while their stereotypic behaviour was significantly elevated. ELF-MF in combination with AMPH at higher doses significantly enhanced motor activity when compared with values obtained in both control and combined experiments with the lowest dose of the drug. However, only combined locomotor effect at the middle dose of AMPH was significantly greater than those observed in corresponding experiments with AMPH alone. These results demonstrate that acute short-term exposure to ELF-MF is able to modify a motor activity in dependence on the extent of AMPH-induced neurotransmitter imbalance.
Keywords:Modulated electromagnetic fields; Amphetamine; Behaviour; Open field tests; Rats
Source:Behavioural Brain Research, 2004, 150, 1-2, 223-227
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