Ibotenic acid lesions of the striatum reduce drug-induced rotation in the 6-hydroxydopamine-lesioned rat.

Article date: 1994/1/1

PubMed ID: 2887034

Journal name: Experimental brain research (ISSN: 0014-4819)


Lesions of the dopaminergic nigrostriatal tract produce a range of motor and sensorimotor deficits. One of the simplest and most reliable is the rotational response of the animal following activation with drugs that stimulate the dopaminergic network, most notably amphetamine and apomorphine. Consequently, the rotation test has been extensively used in assessing the success of treatments designed to restore dopaminergic function, including neural transplants. The present study investigates whether rotation induced by 6-hydroxydopamine lesions of the nigrostriatal bundle in rats is modified by additional lesions in the neostriatum. It was found that apomorphine-induced rotation can be reduced by ibotenic acid lesions of the dopamine-deafferented striatum, and that the extent of the reduction was proportional to the size of the lesions. In contrast, such lesions produced a non-significant reduction in amphetamine-induced rotation, although the correlation between the extent of the reduction and the size of the lesion was again apparent. Since the pattern of change was similar in direction, albeit smaller in magnitude, than the previously reported effects of intrastriatal transplantation in rats with similar nigrostriatal lesions, rotation tests alone do not provide an unequivocal test of graft survival and function.

Author List: Barker R, Dunnett S B

Publication Types: Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Substances mentioned in the article: Parvalbumins; Ibotenic Acid; Oxidopamine; Amphetamine; Apomorphine;

Mesh terms: Amphetamine/pharmacology; Animals; Apomorphine/pharmacology; Corpus Striatum/drug effects; Female; Ibotenic Acid/toxicity; Motor Activity/drug effects; Neurons/drug effects; Oxidopamine; Parvalbumins/analysis; Rats; Rats, Sprague-Dawley; Reference Values; Regression Analysis; Rotation; Substantia Nigra/drug effects; Time Factors;

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