Impairment of acquisition of cocaine self-administration in rats maintained on a high-fat diet. Academic Article uri icon


  • Variations in dietary constituents such as carbohydrate are known to alter psychostimulant function in brain. Relatively few studies have examined the reinforcing effects of psychostimulants in subjects maintained on high-fat diets. The present experiment compared the rate of acquisition of an operant response for intravenous (i.v.) cocaine infusions (0.2 mg/kg) in rats fed either a chow-pellet diet or a 35.9% (by weight) high-fat diet for 45 days prior to cocaine self-administration testing. Rats maintained on a high-fat diet for 45 days exhibited diminished acquisition of cocaine self-administration, and this effect was not a function of dietary-induced obesity. The results suggest that prolonged exposure to a high-fat diet diminishes the efficacy of cocaine reinforcement.

published proceedings

  • Pharmacol Biochem Behav

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Wellman, P. J., Nation, J. R., & Davis, K. W.

citation count

  • 63

complete list of authors

  • Wellman, Paul J||Nation, Jack R||Davis, Kristina W

publication date

  • January 2007