Behavioral effects of neurotensin in the open field: structure-activity studies

Peter J. Elliott, Jackie Chan, Yuka Marie Parker, Charles B. Nemeroff

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The behavioral effects of intracerebroventricularly administered neurotensin (NT), some NT fragments and two synthetic NT analogs were investigated in the open field. Each peptide was studied in both a 'novel' (no pre-exposure) and a 'familiar' (with pre-exposure) environmental situation. Neurotensin decreases locomotor activity in the periphery but increases the time spent in the central area of the apparatus. Of the congeners tested, D-Phe11-NT has similar effects to NT whereas the NT fragments were generally inactive. These findings indicate that the intact peptide or stable substituted NT analogs, but not small C- and N-terminal fragments of NT, are behaviorally active after intraventricular administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-265
Number of pages7
JournalBrain research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 3 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • locomotor activity
  • neuropeptide
  • neurotensin
  • open-field

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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