Diazepam and cocaine potentiate brain stimulation reward in C57BL/6J mice

Carolin J. Straub, William A. Carlezon, Uwe Rudolph

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The curve-shift variant of the intracranial self-stimulation paradigm (ICSS) is particularly useful to study drug effects on motivated behavior while distinguishing them from effects on the capability to perform the task. In this study we examined the effects of cocaine and diazepam on reward-facilitation and response rate in C57BL/6J mice, the most frequently used mouse line to study genetic modifications. Both cocaine and diazepam potentiated the rewarding effects of lateral hypothalamic brain stimulation in a dose-dependent manner and increased the rate of responding. Interestingly, the maximum decrease in ICSS thresholds was comparable for both drugs, suggesting a similar ability to affect reward and motivation despite different effects on brain reward systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
JournalBehavioural Brain Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 5 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain stimulation reward
  • C57BL/6J
  • Cocaine
  • Diazepam
  • Intracranial self-stimulation
  • Mouse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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