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Brain Res. 1998 May 25;794(1):169-73.

Direct evidence for the link between monoaminergic descending pathways and motor activity: II. A study with microdialysis probes implanted in the ventral horn of the spinal cord.

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INSERM U-336, DPVSN, Case Courrier 106, Université Montpellier II, Pl. E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 05, France. cgerin@playfair.utoronto.ca

Abstract

In order to define precisely the relation between descending monoaminergic systems and the motor system, we measured in the ventral horn of spinal cord of adult rats the variations of extracellular concentrations of 5-HT, 5-HIAA, DA and MHPG. Measurements were performed during rest, endurance running on a treadmill, and a post-exercise period, with microdialysis probes implanted permanently for 45 days. We found a slight decrease in both 5-HT and 5-HIAA during locomotion with a more marked decrease during the post-exercise period compared to the mean of rest values. In contrast, the concentration of DA and MHPG increased slightly during the exercise and decreased thereafter. These results, when compared with those of a previous study, which measured monoamines in the spinal cord white matter [C. Gerin, D. Bécquet, A. Privat, Direct evidence for the link between monoaminergic descending pathways and motor activity: I. A study with microdialysis probes implanted in the ventral funiculus of the spinal cord, Brain Res. 704 (1995) 191-201], highlight the complex regulation of the release of monoamines that occurs in the ventral horn.

PMID:
9630613
DOI:
10.1016/s0006-8993(98)00278-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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