Date of Completion

Spring 5-10-2009

Honors Major

Pharmaceutical Science


Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Obesity and other related metabolic disorders are a common problem in the United States. Consequently, several drug therapies have been developed in an attempt to address this problem. Many older appetite suppressants, such as amphetamines, were dangerous and potentially addictive. For the last few years, the endocannabinoid system was investigated as a potential target for appetite suppression. Unfortunately, early cannabinoid CB1 antagonists came with an unacceptable side effect profile of their own, which is largely due to central actions of these drugs. In an attempt to reduce the side effect profile, researchers are investigating peripherally acting cannabinoid antagonists, which do not penetrate the blood brain barrier. This study investigated AM 6545, a novel peripheral cannabinoid antagonist, for its effects on food reinforced instrumental behavior. In the end, the results indicated that AM6545 produced a dose-related suppression of lever pressing for food reinforcement.