We investigated modification of the MK-801 effect on motor activity and extracellular amines concentration by 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced lesion of core nucleus accumbens (cACC) of rats. In vivo microdialysis-HPLC showed that the concentrations (fmol/μl) of dopamine (DA), dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and serotonin were 0.738±0.135, 155.34±41.01 and 0.334±0.024, respectively, in the cACC of intact rats. The DOPAC/DA ratio was 264.24±94.01. Unilateral lesion of the cACC with 6-OHDA (8 μg/μl) substantially reduced DA (-93%) and DOPAC (-97%) in desipramine (30 mg/kg, i.p.)-pretreated rats (6-OHDA+DMI rats) as compared to the 65% reduction rate of both amines in saline-pretreated rats (6-OHDA+saline rats). Moreover, DOPAC was reduced by 72% in 6-OHDA+DMI rats. MK-801 increased DOPAC (426-467%) and DOPAC/DA ratio (180-230%) in intact rats. On the other hand, MK-801 increased DA by 154% and 505% in 6-OHDA+saline and 6-OHDA+DMI rats, respectively. 6-OHDA reduced the effect of MK-801 on DOPAC and DOPAC/DA ratio. In the behevioral studies, MK-801 (0.01 - 0.3 mg/kg, i.p.) increased locomotor activity and rearing of intact rats. Bilateral 6-OHDA+DMI mesion of the cACC caused greater reduction in the effect of MK-801 (0.1 mg/kg) than that of the shell nucleus accumbens. These results suggest that increased extracellular DOPAC concentration (but not DA) and DOPAC/DA ratio in the cACC plays an important role in MK-801-hyperactivity.
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