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Effects of the DT-diaphorase inhibitor dicumarol on striatal monoamine levels in L-DOPA and L-deprenyl pre-treated rats



Effects of the DT-diaphorase inhibitor dicumarol on striatal monoamine levels in L-DOPA and L-deprenyl pre-treated rats



Neurotoxicity Research 5(8): 569-577



It has been proposed that DT-diaphorase plays a strategic role as a neuroprotective enzyme for monoamine neurons, perhaps together with monoamine oxidase (MAO). Thus, we investigated the long-term effects produced by DT-diaphorase inhibition with dicumarol injected unilaterally into the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) on monoamine and metabolite levels, alone, or following dopamine loading with 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-L-alanine (L-DOPA) or MAO inhibition with L-deprenyl. Monoamine levels were assayed in aliquots from tissue samples from right and left striatum, including both dorsal and ventral regions. Dicumarol alone produced increases in 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), but not in dopamine and metabolite levels when assayed two weeks later. However, following preloading with L-DOPA (3 x 25 mg/kg s.c. 7, 4 and 1 h before surgery), a long-lasting bilateral increase in dopamine and metabolite levels was observed after dicumarol. No effect was observed on dopamine, 5-HT and metabolite levels after L-deprenyl (3 x 10 mg/kg, s.c.) alone, but the levels were unilaterally increased when L-deprenyl was followed by dicumarol. The same result was produced when both L-deprenyl and dicumarol were injected simultaneously into the same brain region. In conclusion, the present study shows that intracerebral inhibition of DT-diaphorase produces long-term changes in 5-HT, but also in dopamine metabolism when DT-diaphorase inhibition is combined with MAO inhibition by systemic or intracerebral treatment with L-deprenyl. It is suggested that both MAO and DT-diaphorase have to be inhibited for inducing long-term changes in monoamine metabolism. Thus, DT-diaphorase is an enzyme to be taken into account when L-DOPA is used to treat Parkinson's disease, or when an MAO-inhibitor is used to treat depression.

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