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Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 1997 Aug;356(2):173-81.

Developmental differences in dopamine synthesis inhibition by (+/-)-7-OH-DPAT.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA 02178, USA.


Dopamine synthesis modulation by the D2-family agonist (+/-)-7-OH-DPAT was explored in striatum, accumbens, and prefrontal cortex of 10-40 day old rats using the gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) autoreceptor model. GBL produced an age-dependent increase in dopamine synthesis that was inhibited by (+/-) 7-OH-DPAT (0.1-13.5 mg/kg) at all ages and antagonized by eticlopride in the nucleus accumbens and striatum. The ID50 of (+/-) 7-OH-DPAT increased with age, suggesting decreased autoreceptor sensitivity with maturation. In prefrontal cortex, (+/-) 7-OH-DPAT inhibited synthesis between 10-30 days, with no evidence of autoreceptor function at 40 days. Dopamine synthesis was also inhibited with the D3/D2 agonist quinpirole at 15 days of age in vivo and yielded similar results to those obtained with (+/-) 7-OH-DPAT. Finally, under conditions that result in low D2 receptor affinity, D3 specificity was examined in vitro at 15 days with (+/-) 7-OH-DPAT, which produced comparable (yet more potent) effects to those observed in vivo. These findings illustrate D3 autoreceptor-like activity in ascending dopamine regions and provide further support for transient prefrontal cortex autoreceptor-like function that recedes by puberty.

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