The role of the ethanol training dose on the ability of the selective 5-HT1 agonist TFMPP (m-trifluoromethylphenylpiperazine) to produce ethanol-like discriminative stimulus effects was evaluated in three groups of rats trained to discriminate 1.0 g/kg (n=5), 1.5 g/kg (n=6) or 2.0 g/kg (n=7) ethanol (IG) from water using a two-lever procedure with food reinforcement available under a fixed ratio 20 (FR 20) schedule. Ethanol generalization gradients were comparable in the three groups, indicating few potency differences in the ethanol stimulus across training dose. However, the ability of TFMPP (0.1-1.7 mg/kg; IP) to substitute for ethanol was dependent on the training dose. TFMPP resulted in partial substitution in the 1.0 g/kg group, complete substitution for 1.5 g/kg group and no substitution in the 2.0 g/kg ethanol training group. The results indicate a serotonergic component to the discriminative stimulus effects of an intermediate dose of ethanol that is not prominent as the dose of ethanol is raised. These data add further support for the hypothesis that ethanol produces a mixed discriminative cue, the components of which are not uniformly amplified when the dose of ethanol is increased.
- Drug Discrimination
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