Behavioral characterization of dopamine D5 receptor null mutant mice

A. Holmes, T. R. Hollon, T. C. Gleason, Z. Liu, J. Dreiling, D. R. Sibley, Jacqueline Crawley

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To study behavioral functions of the D5 subtype, mice were generated with null mutations in the D5 gene. This 1st behavioral characterization of D5 null mutant mice (D5 -/-) indicated normal general health, sensory abilities, and neurological reflexes. Under basal conditions, D5 -/- mice were generally normal on locomotor activity, the rotarod test, acoustic startle response, prepulse inhibition, elevated plus-maze, light ↔ dark exploration, Morris water maze, and cued and contextual fear conditioning. In the Porsolt forced swim test for antidepressant activity, male D5 -/- mice showed lower levels of immobility. D5 -/- mice showed some evidence of reduced responses to the hyperactivity-inducing effects of the D1/D5 receptor agonist SKF 81297. The ability of SKF 81297 to disrupt acoustic startle and prepulse inhibition appeared to be attenuated in D5 -/- mice. These results suggest that the D5 receptor is not essential for many dopamine-mediated behaviors but may contribute to the pharmacological activation of dopaminergic pathways relevant to exploratory locomotion, startle, and prepulse inhibition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1129-1144
Number of pages16
JournalBehavioral Neuroscience
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology


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