Title:  Modification of adenosine extracellular levels and adenosine A(2A) receptor mRNA by dopamine denervation
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Issue Date:  2002
Abstract:  Adenosine A2A receptor antagonists have been proposed as an effective therapy in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. To explore the possibility that dopamine denervation may produce modifications in adenosine A2A transmission, we measured the extracellular concentration of adenosine and adenosine A2A receptor mRNA in the striatum of rats infused unilaterally with 6-hydroxydopamine in the medial forebrain bundle. Fifteen days after 6-hydroxydopamine infusion, extracellular adenosine levels, measured by in vivo microdialysis, were significantly lower (−35%) in the dopamine-denervated striatum. At the time of the decrease in adenosine levels, an increase in striatal adenosine A2A receptor mRNA levels (+20%), measured by in situ hybridization, was observed. Modifications in adenosine A2A transmission, following nigrostriatal dopamine neuron degeneration, establish a potential neural basis for the effectiveness of adenosine A2A receptor antagonists in the treatment of Parkinson's disease
URI:  http://hdl.handle.net/11584/95294
Type: 1.1 Articolo in rivista

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