Alpha 2-adrenoceptor-mediated modulation of noradrenaline release is decreased in vas deferens but not in cerebral cortex of diabetic rats

B Drukarch, E Schepens, J J Heimans, J C Stoof

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In the present study, a superfusion method was used to investigate the alpha 2-adrenoceptor mediated modulation of the electrically evoked release of radiolabeled noradrenaline in vas deferens and cerebral cortex slices of streptozotocin-diabetic and control rats 8-10 weeks after the induction of diabetes. Stimulation of alpha 2-adrenoceptors led to a significantly smaller inhibition of radiolabeled noradrenaline release in the vas deferens of diabetic rats as compared to control rats. In the cerebral cortex no such difference was detected. It is concluded that these effects could be due to a decrease in the number of presynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptors in the vas deferens of diabetic rats. The results of this study show that the superfusion technique offers a simple possibility to obtain information about the functional integrity of noradrenergic neurons in the peripheral nervous system and central nervous system in diabetes mellitus. Moreover, the results provide an indication for a different time scale in the development of neuropathy in the peripheral and central nervous system of streptozotocin-diabetic rats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-9
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the neurological sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1989


  • Animals
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Experimental
  • Electric Stimulation
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Journal Article
  • Male
  • Norepinephrine
  • Oxymetazoline
  • Phentolamine
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Receptors, Adrenergic, alpha
  • Streptozocin
  • Vas Deferens

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