Effects of substance P on neuronal firing of pallidal neurons in parkinsonian rats

Qiao Ling Cui, Wing Ho Yung, Lei Chen*

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Substance P is an important neurotransmitter or neuromodulator in central nervous system. Morphological studies have revealed the existence of substance P and its high affinity receptor, neurokinin-1 receptor, in globus pallidus. The expression of neurokinin-1 receptor in external globus pallidus has been reported to be decreased or unchanged in parkinsonian patients. To further investigate the effects of pallidal neurokinin-1 receptor in Parkinson's disease, an in vivo extracellular recording in 6-hydroxydopamine parkinsonian rats was performed. Micro-pressure ejection of selective neurokinin-1 receptor agonist, [Sar9,Met(O2)11] substance P (0.1 mM), increased the spontaneous firing rate of pallidal neurons by 9.1% on the lesioned side, which was significantly weaker than that on the unlesioned side (20.7%), and that in normal rats (30.0%). The selective neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist, SR140333B, prevented the excitatory effects induced by [Sar9,Met(O2)11] substance P. Based on the action of substance P in globus pallidus of parkinsonian rats we hypothesize that the activity of neurokinin-1 receptors in globus pallidus may be decreased under parkinsonian state. This finding may provide a rationale for further investigations into the potential of pallidal substance P system in the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-169
Number of pages8
JournalNeuroscience Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • 6-Hydroxydopamine
  • Globus pallidus
  • Single unit recording
  • Substance P

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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