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Eur J Pharmacol. 1985 Mar 12;109(3):341-8.

Electrochemical, pharmacological and electrophysiological evidence of rapid dopamine release and removal in the rat caudate nucleus following electrical stimulation of the median forebrain bundle.


Fast cyclic voltammetry was used to monitor the release of electroactive material in the striatum following electrical stimulation of the median forebrain bundle. The released material was shown to be dopamine by electrochemical, pharmacological and neurophysiological means. The material gave a voltammogram identical to that of iontophoretically applied dopamine but not DOPAC. Release was increased by L-DOPA, the metabolic precursor of dopamine. NSD 1015, an inhibitor of dopa decarboxylase, and alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine, a tyrosine hydroxylase inhibitor decreased release. Reserpine, which disrupts vesicular dopamine storage, abolished release. Parachlorophenylalanine, a tryptophan hydroxylase inhibitor, had no effect. Finally, square wave stimulation was only effective when pulses longer than 0.5 ms were used. This indicated stimulation of very fine unmyelinated fibres, consistent with the known morphology of nigrostriatal dopamine fibres.

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