Positive allosteric modulation of mGluR5 accelerates extinction learning but not relearning following methamphetamine selfadministration

Peter R. Kufah, Lauren E. Hood, Natali E. Nemirovsky, Piroska Barabas, Casey Halstengard, Angel Villa, Elisabeth Moore, Lucas R. Watterson, Michael Olive

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Recent studies have implicated glutamate neurotransmission as an important substrate for the extinction of conditioned behaviors, including responding for drug reinforcement. Positive allosteric modulation of the type-5 metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR5) in particular has emerged as a treatment strategy for the enhancement of extinction of drugmotivated behaviors. Here, we investigated the effects of the mGluR5 positive allosteric modulator CDPPB, a compound known for its cognitive enhancing effects in rodents, on extinction learning in rats with different histories of methamphetamine (METH) training. Rats were trained to selfadminister METH under two conditions: 16 daily sessions of short access (90 min/day, ShA), or eight daily sessions of short access followed by eight sessions of long access (6 h/day, LgA). Control rats selfadministered sucrose pellets in daily 30 min sessions. Next, rats were administered vehicle or 30 mg/kg CDPPB prior to seven consecutive daily extinction sessions, subjected to additional extinction sessions to reestablish a posttreatment baseline, and then tested for reinstatement of behavior in the presence of METH- or sucrosepaired cues. Rats were then subjected to a second series of extinction sessions, preceded by vehicle or 30 mg/kg CDPPB, and an additional test for cuetriggered reinstatement. CDPPB treatment resulted in a more rapid extinction of responding on the active lever, especially in the early sessions of the first extinction sequence. However, treatment effectswere minimal during subsequent cue reinstatement tests and nonexistent during the second series of extinction sessions. Rats with histories of ShA, LgA, and sucrose training expressed similar behavioral sensitivities to CDPPB, with LgA rats demonstrating a modestly higher treatment effect. Positive allosteric modulation of mGluR5 may therefore have some beneficial effects on efforts to facilitate extinction learning and reduce methamphetamine seeking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 194
JournalFrontiers in Pharmacology
Volume3 NOV
StatePublished - 2012


  • Cognitive enhancement
  • Extinction learning
  • Methamphetamine
  • Positive allosteric modulator
  • Reinstatement
  • mGluR5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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