The alleged selective, high efficacy dopamine D1 receptor agonist, SKF 81297 (0.05-0.3 mg/kg i.m.), induced rotational behaviour away from the lesion and stimulated use of the dominant right hand in unilaterally (left side) 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-lesioned rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). The effects of SKF 81297 were completely blocked by the dopamine D1 receptor antagonist, SCH 23390 (0.05 mg/kg), but not by the dopamine D2 receptor antagonist, remoxipride (1 mg/kg), and were similar to those induced by the selective dopamine D2 agonist, LY 171555 (0.01 mg/kg). These results suggest a functional stimulatory role for the dopamine D1 receptor on motor behaviour in a non-human primate model of Parkinson's disease when stimulated with a high efficacy selective dopamine D1 receptor agonist.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||European Journal of Pharmacology|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Apr 1993|