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Acute MDPV Binge Paradigm on Mice Emotional Behavior and Glial Signature

Institute of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics/IBILI, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Division of Psychiatry I, Medical University Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Department of Pharmacology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Adjunct Professor), Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
REQUIMTE, Laboratory of Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, UCIBIO, University of Porto, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), Laboratory of Immunology and Oncology, University of Coimbra, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal
Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Immunology, University of Coimbra, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal
Center of Investigation in Environment, Genetics and Oncobiology (CIMAGO), Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal
Faculty of Medicine, Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research (iCBR), University of Coimbra, 3000-548 Coimbra, Portugal
Center for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology (CIBB), University of Coimbra, 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal
Clinical Academic Center of Coimbra (CACC), 3004-504 Coimbra, Portugal
ESTESC-Coimbra Health School, Pharmacy, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, 3046-854 Coimbra, Portugal
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Antoni Camins Espuny
Pharmaceuticals 2021, 14(3), 271;
Received: 17 February 2021 / Revised: 11 March 2021 / Accepted: 13 March 2021 / Published: 16 March 2021
3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), a widely available synthetic cathinone, is a popular substitute for classical controlled drugs of abuse, such as methamphetamine (METH). Although MDPV poses public health risks, its neuropharmacological profile remains poorly explored. This study aimed to provide evidence on that direction. Accordingly, C57BL/6J mice were exposed to a binge MDPV or METH regimen (four intraperitoneal injections every 2 h, 10 mg/kg). Locomotor, exploratory, and emotional behavior, in addition to striatal neurotoxicity and glial signature, were assessed within 18–24 h, a known time-window encompassing classical amphetamine dopaminergic neurotoxicity. MDPV resulted in unchanged locomotor activity (open field test) and emotional behavior (elevated plus maze, splash test, tail suspension test). Additionally, striatal TH (METH neurotoxicity hallmark), Iba-1 (microglia), GFAP (astrocyte), RAGE, and TLR2/4/7 (immune modulators) protein densities remained unchanged after MDPV-exposure. Expectedly, and in sheer contrast with MDPV, METH resulted in decrease general locomotor activity paralleled by a significant striatal TH depletion, astrogliosis, and microglia arborization alterations (Sholl analysis). This comparative study newly highlights that binge MDPV-exposure comes without evident behavioral, neurochemical, and glial changes at a time-point where METH-induced striatal neurotoxicity is clearly evident. Nevertheless, neuropharmacological MDPV signature needs further profiling at different time-points, regimens, and brain regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone; methamphetamine; behavior; glia 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone; methamphetamine; behavior; glia
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Campeão, M.; Fernandes, L.; Pita, I.R.; Lemos, C.; Ali, S.F.; Carvalho, F.; Rodrigues-Santos, P.; Fontes-Ribeiro, C.A.; Soares, E.; Viana, S.D.; Pereira, F.C. Acute MDPV Binge Paradigm on Mice Emotional Behavior and Glial Signature. Pharmaceuticals 2021, 14, 271.

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Campeão M, Fernandes L, Pita IR, Lemos C, Ali SF, Carvalho F, Rodrigues-Santos P, Fontes-Ribeiro CA, Soares E, Viana SD, Pereira FC. Acute MDPV Binge Paradigm on Mice Emotional Behavior and Glial Signature. Pharmaceuticals. 2021; 14(3):271.

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Campeão, Mafalda, Luciana Fernandes, Inês R. Pita, Cristina Lemos, Syed F. Ali, Félix Carvalho, Paulo Rodrigues-Santos, Carlos A. Fontes-Ribeiro, Edna Soares, Sofia D. Viana, and Frederico C. Pereira 2021. "Acute MDPV Binge Paradigm on Mice Emotional Behavior and Glial Signature" Pharmaceuticals 14, no. 3: 271.

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