Levels of dopamine (DA), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), ascorbic acid (AA) and dehydroascorbic acid (DHAA) were determined by HPLC in the striatum of male Wistar rats after single or repeated injections of apomorphine (1 mg/kg/day s.c.) and/or haloperidol (1 mg/kg/day i.p.), and 24 h after the last drug administration. Apomorphine significantly reduced the DOPAC/DA ratio and increased the DHAA/AA ratio; these ratio changes were significantly correlated (r = -0.9969, P less than 0.0005). Haloperidol greatly increased the DOPAC/DA ratio; the DHAA/AA ratio was also slightly increased, but there was no significant correlation. When apomorphine was associated with haloperidol, the resulting DOPAC/DA ratio was significantly lower than after haloperidol alone; the DHAA/AA ratio was also significantly reduced in contrast to the effect of apomorphine alone. It is concluded that a non-selective DA receptor activation mediates, in a correlated way, both the inhibition of DA turnover and the increase of AA oxidation in the rat striatum.
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|Titolo:||Investigations into the relationship between the dopaminergic system and ascorbic acid in rat striatum|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1991|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|