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A comparison of striatal and mesolimbic dopamine function in the rat during 6-month trifluoperazine administration

Clow, Angela and Jenner, Peter and Theodorou, A. and Marsden, C.D. (1980) A comparison of striatal and mesolimbic dopamine function in the rat during 6-month trifluoperazine administration. Psychopharmacology, 69 (3). pp. 227-233. ISSN 0033-3158

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00433087

Abstract

Previous work has shown that 6–12 months continuous trifluoperazine (TFP) administration to rats causes striatal dopamine receptor supersensitivity. We have now replicated our original findings in the striatum and report concurrent changes in mesolimbic dopamine function during chronic TFP (2.8–4.0 mg/kg/day) administration for 6 months. Initial inhibition of apomorphine-induced stereotyped behaviour, which lasted for 2 weeks after the beginning of drug administration, was replaced by an exaggerated response to apomorphine (0.5 mg/kg SC) after 6 months drug intake. Striatal dopamine sensitive adenylate cyclase activity was inhibited at 1 and 3 months, but by 6 months was enhanced compared to control values. Mesolimbic adenylate cyclase activity was inhibited after 2 weeks and thereafter returned to control levels. Dopamine-identified 3H-spiperone binding sites (Bmax) in the striatum were increased by 2 weeks, reduced at 1 month and increased again at 6 months. In mesolimbic areas Bmax was increased at 2 weeks and 1 month but thereafter returned to control levels. The dissociation constant (k D) of specific 3H-spiperone binding was increased in the striatum and mesolimbic areas at 1 month and 2 weeks respectively. The results show differential changes in dopamine function in striatal and mesolimbic brain areas during 6 months continuous TFP administration to rats.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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