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Brain Res. 1990 Feb 12;509(1):172-4.

Presynaptic regulation of dopamine release in corpus striatum monitored in vitro in real time by fast cyclic voltammetry.

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Department of Neuropharmacology, Glaxo Group Research Ltd., Ware, U.K.


Dopamine release was evoked by single electrical pulses in slices of rat corpus striatum, and measured by fast cyclic voltammetry in real time. The magnitude of the release varied in the expected way to agents which modify dopamine storage, release and re-uptake. The presence of functional dopamine D2 autoreceptors was demonstrated by showing that the release was potently and completely inhibited by the selective agonists quinpirole and N,N-dipropyl-5,6-ADTN. The selective D1 agonist SKF 38393 was ineffective. The inhibition by quinpirole was competitively antagonised by haloperidol and metoclopramide with potencies which correspond closely to published values at postsynaptic striatal D2 receptors. Thus, the D2 autoreceptors on striatal nerve terminals appear to be indistinguishable from those on the postsynaptic neurons.

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