Adenosinergic modulation of the EEG and locomotor effects of the A2 agonist, CGS 21680

Cynthia A. Janusz, Robert F Berman

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The present study in rats was designed to identify the respective roles of A1 and A2 adenosine receptor activation in the anticonvulsant and behavioral actions of adenosine. Intracaudate injections of the highly selective A2 agonist, CGS 21680, did not affect caudate seizures. However, seizure threshold was increased in the presence of CGS 21680 after blockade of the A1 receptor with CPX, or following activation of the A1 receptor with R-PIA or NECA. Additionally, CGS 21680 led to a dose-related inhibition of locomotor activity when injected into the caudate. These results implicate the involvement of the A2 adenosine receptor in the locomotor depressant actions of adenosine and also suggest possible A2 anticonvulsant effects may depend upon the activation of the A1 receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-919
Number of pages7
JournalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Adenosine
  • Alkylxanthine
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Caudate nucleus
  • Locomotor activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology


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