A modified synaptosomal superfusion apparatus is described which uses less than 10 micrograms of tissue per replicate sample and facilitates the routine separation of 3H-DA, 3H-DOPAC, and 3H-HVA. A flow rate of 1.5 ml/min allows superfusion without the use of reuptake or monoamine oxidase inhibitors. Superfusate samples are collected directly onto alumina columns for the separation of 3H-DA and its acid metabolites. Total recovery of authentic 3H-DA applied via superfusion was 87.63(1.10) percent [Mean(SEM)]. Contamination of the acetic acid eluate fraction, containing 80.98(1.15)% of the total DA, by DOPAC and HVA was less than 0.1%. To illustrate the utility of this technique, the relative proportions of 3H-DA and 3H-metabolites released from synaptosomes by 6 mM potassium and 1 μM reserpine were compared.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Brain Research Bulletin|
|State||Published - Sep 1990|
- In vitro
- Nucleus accumbens
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