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Neuroreport. 1998 Aug 24;9(12):2857-60.

Adenosine A2A receptors modify motor function in MPTP-treated common marmosets.

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  • 1Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Co Ltd, Shizuoka, Japan.


Both adenosine A1 and A2 receptor populations are located in the striatum and can modify locomotor activity, and they may form a therapeutic target for Parkinson's disease (PD). Administration of the selective adenosine A2A antagonist (E)-1,3-diethyl-8-(3,4-dimethoxystyryl)-7-methyl-3,7-dihydro-1H-pu rine-2,6-dione (KW-6002) to MPTP-treated common marmosets increased locomotor activity. In contrast, administration of the selective A1 receptor antagonist 1,3-dipropyl-8-cyclopentylxantine (DPCPX) had no effect on locomotion. Administration of the adenosine A2A receptor agonist 2-[p-[2-(2-aminoethylamino) carbonylethyl] phenethyl amino]-5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine (APEC) dose dependently suppressed basal locomotor activity. A minimally effective dose of APEC (0.62 mg/kg, i.p) completely reversed the increase in locomotor activity produced by administration of KW-6002. The adenosine A2A receptor appears to be an important target for the treatment of basal ganglia disorders, particularly PD.

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