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Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1992 Mar;13(1-2):171-4.

Temporal changes in tyrosine hydroxylase mRNA levels in A1, A2 and locus ceruleus neurons following electrical stimulation of A1 noradrenergic neurons.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore 21201.

Abstract

We examined the effects of electrical stimulation (ES) of right A1 noradrenergic cells on temporal changes in tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) mRNA levels in A1, A2 and locus ceruleus (LC) neurons by in situ hybridization histochemistry and quantitative image analysis methods. The stimulation parameters used previously have been shown to increase hypothalamic norepinephrine (NE) release. Within 1 h after beginning A1 stimulation, TH mRNA levels were significantly increased and they continued to rise to reach plateau by 6 h. TH message levels at 12 h were not difference from 6 h values. A1-ES did not affect TH mRNA levels in contralateral A1 or in A2 or locus ceruleus neurons. These data suggest that changes in TH mRNA levels may serve as an index of increased A1 neuronal activity in circumstances when increases in hypothalamic NE secretion occur.

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