Dopamine receptors status after unilateral nigral 6-OHDA lesion. Autoradiographic and in situ hybridization study in the rat brain.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The physiological effects of dopamine (DA) are mediated by several distinct receptor subtypes. The effects of unilateral nigral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesions on DA receptors were investigated by receptor autoradiography using the D1 selective ligand [3H]SCH 23390 as well as the D2 ligand [3H]spiroperidol. mRNA distribution was studied by in situ hybridization. Lesioned rats were sacrificed at different time intervals. Receptor binding studies were performed on tissue sections using selective ligands. [35S]UTP labeled RNA probes were prepared from the different cDNA (D1, D2, D3) and used for in situ hybridization. A specific loss of receptor binding sites and mRNA hybridization was found in the lesioned substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) at all times examined. Receptor binding studies revealed a different time-dependent increase in both D1 and D2 receptors. In situ hybridization showed that only D2 receptor mRNA increased in the caudate-putamen (CPu) of the lesioned side 15 d after 6-OHDA. No changes were observed in D1 and D3 receptor mRNA during the entire time-course.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fornaretto, MG; Caccia, C; Caron, MG; Fariello, RG

Published Date

  • May 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 147 - 162

PubMed ID

  • 8363701

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1044-7393

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF03160175


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States