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J Neural Transm. 1987;69(3-4):221-8.

Striatal membrane-bound and soluble catechol-O-methyl-transferase after selective neuronal lesions in the rat.

Abstract

Activities of the two forms of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), viz. the soluble (S-COMT) and the membrane-bound (MB-COMT), have been studied in the rat striatum to characterize their localization in relation to the nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. Selective unilateral nigrostriatal dopaminergic lesions were produced by an intranigral injection of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA; 8 micrograms/site). 6-OHDA caused an extensive lesion of the dopaminergic neurons as revealed by non-detectable concentrations of dopamine in the striata of the lesioned sites. In spite of that neither S-COMT nor MB-COMT activities were altered in comparison with the intact control striata. The intrastriatal injection of kainic acid significantly increased S-COMT activity but to some extent decreased MB-COMT activity. Kainic acid did not alter the striatal concentration of dopamine. These results suggest that both S-COMT and MB-COMT reside postsynaptically the nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons. S-COMT seems to be found mainly in striatal glial cells, whereas striatal MB-COMT might be located both in postsynaptic neuronal and extraneuronal cells.

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