The effect of administration of amodiaquine on some Parameters of neurobehaviour of wistar rats

  • M.B Ekong
  • A.O Igiri
  • O.E Mesembe
Keywords: Amodiaquine, anxiety, exploration, neurobehaviour, total locomotor activity, Wistar rat.


The effect of administration of Amodiaquine (AQ) on some parameters of neurobehaviour of Wistar rats was carried out. Twenty adult Wistar rats weighing between 160-190g were divided equally into four groups. Group 1 served as the control, while groups 2, 3 and 4 were the experimental groups. The control group received distilled water. Groups 2 and 3 were treated with 8.75mg/kg and 17.50mg/kg respectively of AQ for three days, while group 4 was treated with 8.75mg/kg of AQ for six days. Neurobehaviour test using the open field was carried out twelve hours after the last administrations. There were no significant differences between the control and the experimental groups
in total locomotor activity (TLA), central square duration (CSD), stretch-attend (SA) and defecation. In the central square frequency (CSF), group 3 was significantly (P<0.05) higher than all the groups,
while the control was the same as group 4, but higher than group 2, with the difference not being significant. In conclusion, AQ increased TLA and exploration, while simultaneously reducing anxiety in Wistar rats and these were dose dependent.

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