Effects of the α(1a)-adrenoceptor antagonist RS-17053 on phenylpropanolamine-induced anorexia in rats

P. J. Wellman, L. R. McMahon, T. Green, A. Tole

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Activation of α1-Adrenergic receptors via systemic administration of dugs such as phenylpropanolamine (PPA) and cirazoline results in the suppression of feeding in rats. Whether PPA acts via activation of the three currently identified α1-Adrenoceptor subtypes is unknown. The intent of the present study was thus to examine the effects of systemic administration of the novel α(1a)-Adrenoceptor antagonist RS-17053 on PPA-induced anorexia. Adult male rats (n = 6 to 8 per group) were pretreated (IP) with either 0,0.1,0.5,2.5 or 10.0 mg/kg RS-17053 or with 2.0 mg/kg of the prototypical α1-Adrenoceptor antagonist prazosin. Five minutes later each rat was treated (Ip) with either 0.5, 10 or 1.5 mg/kg PPA. Food and water intakes were recorded for a 30 min period starting 10 min after the treatment injection. Rats pretreated with vehicle and then treated with PPA exhibited a dose-dependent suppression of feeding with a maximal effect evident at the 1.5 mg/kg dose of PPA. Pretreatment with RS-17053 (0.1-2.5 mg/kg) did not alter either baseline feeding or the anorexic action of PPA. These results suggest that PPA does not act via the {1a)-Adrenergic receptor subtype to suppress food intake.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-284
Number of pages4
JournalPharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - May 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorexia
  • Phenylpropanolamine
  • Prazosin
  • RS-17053
  • α1-Adrenergic receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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