Priming of 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats with L-DOPA or quinpirole results in an increase in dopamine D1 receptor-dependent cyclic AMP production in striatal tissue

A Pinna, M Morelli, B Drukarch, J C Stoof

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Priming with a dopamine agonist greatly enhances the behavioral effectiveness of dopamine D1 receptor agonists in rats with 6-hydroxydopamine lesions of the nigrostriatal pathway. The present study investigated the influence of priming on cyclic AMP production in striatal slices. Stimulation of dopamine D1 receptors with dopamine or the dopamine D1 receptor agonist, 1-phenyl-6-Cl-7,8-diol-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-(1H)-3-benzazepine (SKF 81297), increased cyclic AMP production in the lesioned striatum of rats primed with L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) by 329% and 405%, respectively, whereas in drug-naive rats the increase was 183% and 187%, respectively. Priming with quinpirole produced similar results. It is suggested that priming with either L-DOPA or a dopamine D2 receptor agonist results in increased effectiveness of dopamine D1 signal transduction, apparently not only related to previous stimulation of D1 receptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-6
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean journal of pharmacology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 1997


  • Animals
  • Benzazepines
  • Corpus Striatum
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Dopamine
  • Dopamine Agonists
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Journal Article
  • Levodopa
  • Male
  • Oxidopamine
  • Quinpirole
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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