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Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1993 Oct;204(1):49-53.

Uridine and stimulant-induced motor activity.

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Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08525.

Abstract

Chronic administration of uridine alters dopaminergic activity and related behavior. The present study investigated this effect using amphetamine and cocaine-induced activity and rotation in rats with unilateral dopaminergic lesions. Adult, female Sprague-Dawley rats with free access to food and water received daily intraperitoneal uridine (16 mg/kg) or an equal volume of saline. Activity was assessed for 10 min in a photocell chamber 30 min after intraperitoneal amphetamine or cocaine and 4 hr after the uridine or saline. Additional rats with unilateral dopaminergic lesions were treated comparably and assessed for stimulant-induced rotation. Uridine exerted no effect on body weight, activity, or rotation under baseline conditions. At higher doses, amphetamine and cocaine decreased activity and caused a dose-dependent increase in rotations. In the activity test, uridine-treated rats exhibited a significant increase in sensitivity to amphetamine but not to cocaine. In the rotation test, uridine-treated rats showed increased sensitivity to both stimulants. Finally, neurochemical analysis of a third set of comparably treated rats revealed that uridine blunted the amphetamine-induced increase in striatal dopamine. These observations are interpreted as indicating that chronic uridine modulates the stimulant-induced release of dopamine and, therefore, may be of therapeutic interest.

PMID:
8372096
DOI:
10.3181/00379727-204-43633
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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