PMID: 7047966May 17, 1982

Absence of alpha-methyldopamine in rat striatum after chronic administration of d-amphetamine

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P H DuffieldA M Duffield


Direct measurement by gas chromatography methane chemical ionization mass spectrometry of alpha-methyldopamine and alpha-methylnorepinephrine in rat striatum has shown the failure of these compounds to be accumulated in vivo after chronic administration of d-amphetamine despite the accumulation of alpha-methyltyramine, an immediate in vitro precursor. Further, both alpha-methyldopamine and alpha-methyltyramine accumulate in rat striatum after administration of alpha-methyltyrosine. These data suggest that, after administration of alpha-methyltyrosine, alpha-methyldopamine is formed via decarboxylation of alpha-methyldopa and not from hydroxylation of alpha-methyltyramine. Finally, our results indicate that alpha-methyldopamine does not play a role in the development of tolerance to d-amphetamine.

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