Priming with a dopamine agonist greatly enhances the behavioral effectiveness of dopamine D1 receptor agonists in rats with 6-hydroxydopamine lesions of the nigrostriatal pathway. The present study investigated the influence of priming on cyclic AMP production in striatal slices. Stimulation of dopamine D1 receptors with dopamine or the dopamine D1 receptor agonist, 1-phenyl-6-Cl-7,8-diol-2,3,4,5-tetrahydro-(1H)-3-benzazepine (SKF 81297), increased cyclic AMP production in the lesioned striatum of rats primed with L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) by 329% and 405%, respectively, whereas in drug-naive rats the increase was 183% and 187%, respectively. Priming with quinpirole produced similar results. It is suggested that priming with either L-DOPA or a dopamine D2 receptor agonist results in increased effectiveness of dopamine D1 signal transduction, apparently not only related to previous stimulation of D1 receptors.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||European Journal of Pharmacology|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Jul 1997|