A single dose of the D1 agonist SKF 38393 (3 mg/kg) produces contralateral turning in unilaterally 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rats only after a previous exposure of the animals to a dopamine agonist. This priming phenomenon is here investigated by studying the phosphorylation of DARPP-32, a dopamine- and cyclic AMP-regulated phosphoprotein functionally linked to D1 receptors in striatum. Dephospho-form of DARPP-32 in striatal tissue was measured by a back-phosphorylation assay. While the levels of DARPP-32 protein, as measured by quantitative immunoblotting, remained unchanged, a significant decrease of dephospho-DARPP-32 was observed in the denervated striatum of primed rats, indicating an increased phosphorylation in vivo of DARPP-32 in response to the D1 agonist. This study shows that an alteration of the dopamine-dependent signal transduction is related to the behavioral response to dopamine agents, suggesting a possible mechanism involved in the effects of these drugs in parkinsonian patients.
|Titolo:||Dopamine mediated responses in 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rats involve changes of the signal transduction|
POPOLI, MAURIZIO (Secondo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1995|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|