Differential sexual activity of isolated and group-housed male mice: Lack of substantial influence of acute or chronic naloxone administration Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Influences of naloxone upon male sexual behavior were examined using two different baseline activity levels: individually and group-housed mice. In Experiment 1, single injections of 0,12.5, or 50 micrograms per animal were administered before testing. Isolated mice showed more sexual activity than did grouped mice; naloxone failed to alter those differences. In Experiment 2, a similar result was obtained despite administration of 50 or 150 micrograms per animal of naloxone. In Experiment 3,0 or 50 micrograms of naloxone was administered to isolated or grouped males daily on the 5 days before testing. Isolated mice showed performance superior to that of grouped mice, but there was no effect of the drug. In Experiment 4, doses of 0. 12.5, or 50 micrograms of naloxone were given to isolated or grouped males twice daily for 7 days prior to testing, producing little effect. These results suggest that the influences of prior social condition on male sexual activity are robust in the face of naloxone administration.

publication date

  • September 1996