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The effects of injection of the thyrotrophin-releasing hormone (TRH) analogue, orotyl-histidyl-proline amide (CG3509) into the accumbens and striatum, was studied on dopamine metabolism by means of in vivo voltammetry. Forty minutes after infusion of CG3509 (1-5 micrograms) into the n. accumbens there was a significant dose-related increase in the oxidation peak, corresponding to the oxidation of the dopamine metabolite, dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and ascorbic acid. The size of this peak returned to normal by 80 min after the infusion. There was no change in the indole oxidation peak. Infusion of CG3509 (5 micrograms) had no effect on the size of either the catechol or the indole oxidation peaks recorded in the striatum. Intraventricular injection of CG3509 (10 micrograms) also increased DOPAC/ascorbic acid oxidation peak recorded in the n. accumbens, without altering the indole peak. While the voltammetric technique used in the present experiments is not able fully to separate ascorbic acid and DOPAC in vivo, the results support the view that TRH and its analogues selectively increase dopaminergic activity in the mesolimbic region.


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Publication Date





617 - 623


3,4-Dihydroxyphenylacetic Acid, Animals, Ascorbic Acid, Catechols, Corpus Striatum, Dopamine, In Vitro Techniques, Male, Nucleus Accumbens, Oxidation-Reduction, Rats, Rats, Inbred Strains, Septal Nuclei, Thyrotropin-Releasing Hormone