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Neuropharmacology. 2006 Jun;50(8):909-16. Epub 2006 Feb 28.

L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine-induced c-Fos expression in the CNS under inhibition of central aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase.

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Department of Neurology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, Yokohama 236-0004, Japan.

Abstract

L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) is a neurotransmitter candidate. To map the DOPAergic system functionally, DOPA-induced c-Fos expression was detected under inhibition of central aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC). In rats treated with a central AADC inhibitor, DOPA significantly increased the number of c-Fos-positive nuclei in the paraventricular nuclei (PVN) and the nucleus tractus solitarii (NTS), and showed a tendency to increase in the supraoptic nuclei (SON), but not in the striatum. On the other hand, DOPA with a peripheral AADC inhibitor elevated the level of c-Fos-positive nuclei in the four regions, suggesting that DOPA itself induces c-Fos expression in the SON, PVN and NTS. In rats treated with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) to lesion the nigrostriatal dopamine (DA) pathway, DOPA significantly induced c-Fos expression in the four regions under the inhibition of peripheral AADC. However, under the inhibition of central AADC, DOPA did not significantly increase the number of c-Fos-positive nuclei in the four regions, suggesting that DOPA at least in part induces c-Fos expression through its conversion to DA. It was likely that the 6-OHDA lesion enhanced the response to DA, but attenuated that to DOPA itself. In conclusion, we proposed that the SON, PVN and NTS include target sites for DOPA itself.

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