Dec 1, 1975

Cerebral monoamine metabolism in guinea-pigs with ascorbic acid deficiency

The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
A SanerA Pletscher


Guinea-pigs kept on a diet deficient in vitamin C showed, after 3 weeks, a marked decrease of ascorbic acid in brain and blood leucocytes as well as of the activity of alkaline phosphatase in blood plasma. Pair-fed animals did not exhibit these changes. The alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine (alpha MpT)-induced diminution of noradrenaline in the hypothalamus and the rest of the brain was attenuated in pair-fed animals, but restored in guinea-pigs deficient in ascorbic acid. The cerebral noradrenaline content (without administration of alpha MpT) showed a decrease in both pair-fed and ascorbic acid deficient animals. The noradrenaline of the heart exhibited a similar tendency. The alpha MpT-induced dopamine decrease in the striatum of ascorbic acid deficient animals was attenuated and the dopamine content (without alpha MpT administration) decreased. Pair-fed animals showed a similar tendency. The striatal concentration of homovanillic acid (HVA) was diminished in both pair-fed and ascorbic acid deficient guinea-pigs. The cerebral content of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid showed a decrease in pair-fed as well as in ascorbic acid deficient animals. It is concluded that ascorbic acid deficiency enhances the turnover of brain noradrenaline, where...Continue Reading

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Metabolic Process, Cellular
Homovanillic Acid
Ascorbic Acid Deficiency
Alkaline Phosphatase Measurement

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