Time dependence and role of N-methyl-D-aspartate glutamate receptors in the priming of D2-mediated rotational behavior and striatal Fos expression in 6-hydroxydopamine lesioned rats

Alexia E. Pollack*, Jonathan B. Strauss

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Abstract

Administration of dopamine agonists to 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesioned rats enhances the rotational response to subsequent administration of dopamine agonist, an effect called 'priming'. Previously, we have shown that 6-OHDA rats primed with three injections of the D1/D2 dopamine agonist apomorphine (0.5 mg/kg) permitted a challenge with an otherwise inactive dose of the D2 agonist quinpirole (0.25 mg/kg) to elicit robust rotational behavior and to induce Fos expression in striatoentopeduncular neurons. In this study, the time-course and role of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors on apomorphine-priming of these D2 responses were investigated. The enhanced rotational behavior and striatal Fos expression observed following challenge with quinpirole (0.25 mg/kg) peaked 1 day following the third apomorphine priming injection and persisted, in reduced form, for at least 4 months. Pretreatment with the NMDA antagonists MK-801 or 3-[(+)-2- carboxypiperazin-4-yl]-propyl-1-phosphonate (CPP) dose-dependently attenuated apomorphine-priming of quinpirole-mediated rotational behavior and striatal Fos induction compared to 6-OHDA rats primed with apomorphine alone. Taken together, these data suggest that priming of these D2-mediated responses in 6-OHDA rats develops rapidly, persists for several months, and is dependent on concomitant NMDA receptor stimulation. Since this priming effect resembles response fluctuations observed in patients with Parkinson's disease receiving long-term L-dihydroxyphenylalanine therapy, the results of the present study suggest that interventions that prevent the development of this enhanced response, such as NMDA antagonists, could prove useful in reducing the incidence these response fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-168
Number of pages9
JournalBrain research
Volume827
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 8 1999

Keywords

  • Apomorphine
  • D2 dopamine receptor
  • NMDA glutamate receptor
  • Priming
  • c-Fos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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