Feb 16, 2008

Effect of dopaminergic substances on sleep/wakefulness in saline- and MPTP-treated mice

Journal of Sleep Research
Charlotte LalouxChristelle Monaca


Sleep/wakefulness (S/W) disorders are frequent in Parkinson's disease (PD). The underlying causes have yet to be elucidated but dopaminergic neurodegenerative lesions seem to contribute to appearance of the disorders and anti-Parkinsonian medication is known to accentuate S/W problems. Hence, we reasoned that studying the acute effect of dopaminergic compounds on S/W in an animal model of PD might improve our knowledge of S/W regulation in the context of partial dopaminergic depletion. To this end, we tested the effect of levodopa (l-dopa), pergolide (a mixed D(2)/D(1) agonist) and lisuride (a D(2) agonist) on S/W recordings in MPTP-treated mice, in comparison with controls. Our results showed that dopaminergic compounds modify S/W amounts in both control and MPTP mice. Wakefulness amounts are greater in MPTP mice after l-dopa (50 mg kg(-1)) and lisuride (1 mg kg(-1)) injections compared with control mice. Moreover, the paradoxical sleep latency was significantly longer in MPTP mice after high-dose l-dopa administration. Our observations suggest that the actions of both l-dopa and lisuride on S/W differ slightly in MPTP mice relative to controls. Hence, MPTP-induced partial DA depletion may modulate the effect of dopaminergic c...Continue Reading

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Sleep, Slow-Wave
Lisuride, (8alpha)-(+-)-Isomer
Parkinson Disease
Dopamine Hydrochloride
Dopamine Agonists

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