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Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 1986 Aug;25(2):411-4.

The effect of L-erythro-dihydroxyphenylserine injected into the lateral ventricle and the hypothalamus on the locomotor activity.

Abstract

The effect of dihydroxyphenylserine (DOPS) on locomotor activity was studied using the Animex activity meter. One microgram of L-erythro-DOPS, a precursor of d-noradrenaline, was injected into the lateral ventricle once a day for one week or into the anterior hypothalamic area (AHA) once. After the intraventricular injection, the total locomotor activity (from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) of the rats injected with DOPS was significantly less than that of the rats injected with an artificial cerebrospinal fluid (5-ion). Analysis of the locomotor activity in consecutive 2-hr periods showed that the activity of the DOPS group during the time intervals of 10 p.m.-12 a.m., 12 a.m.-2 a.m. and 2 a.m.-4 a.m. was significantly less than that of the control group. After injection of DOPS or 5-ion into AHA, the total activity of the DOPS group was significantly less than that of the control. Analysis of the activity of the DOPS group for each 2-hr period between 10 p.m.-4 a.m. was also significantly less than that of the control. On the basis of these findings, the effect of DOPS in the brain noradrenergic system are discussed.

PMID:
3094040
DOI:
10.1016/0091-3057(86)90017-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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