L-dopa-induced desensitization depends on 5-hydroxytryptamine imbalance in hemiparkinsonian rats

Tiina M KääriäinenPekka T Männistö


We have shown before that 2-week intrastriatal L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-dopa) infusion significantly decreased contralateral rotations induced by acute intraperitoneal L-dopa/carbidopa and increased striatal tryptophan hydroxylase in 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rats. Here, we examined the effect of acutely administered L-dopa (10 microg) into 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rat striata under the inhibition of tryptophan hydroxylase by 4-chloro-DL-phenylalanine. Acute intrastriatal L-dopa infusion significantly decreased contralateral rotations induced by intraperitoneal L-dopa/carbidopa (10/30 mg/kg) 1 and 7 days after intrastriatal L-dopa. This desensitization to L-dopa occurred only when there was a striatal 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) imbalance, not when 5-HT levels in the intact and lesioned sides were similar, either very low (day 1 postinfusion) or similarly recovered (day 7 postinfusion). We conclude that 5-HT plays a significant role in the striatal dopaminergic imbalance that evokes the rotational behavior.


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