Publications by authors named "Angelica M De Souza Silva"

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Effects of L-DOPA on striatal iodine-123-FP-CIT binding and behavioral parameters in the rat.

Nucl Med Commun 2013 Dec;34(12):1223-32

aClinic of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Düsseldorf bCenter for Behavioural Neuroscience, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf cDepartment of Nuclear Medicine, Helios Clinic Krefeld GmbH, Krefeld, Germany.

Purpose: The effect of clinical L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) doses on the binding of [121I]N-Ω-fluoropropyl-2β-carbomethoxy-3β-(4-iodophenyl)nortropane (121[I]FP-CIT) to the rat dopamine transporter (DAT) was investigated using small animal single-photon emission computed tomography.

Materials And Methods: DAT binding was measured at baseline, after challenge with the aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase inhibitor benserazide, and after challenge with either 5 or 10 mg/kg L-DOPA plus benserazide. For baseline and challenges, striatal equilibrium ratios (V3'') were computed as an estimation of the binding potential. Moreover, striatal V3'' values were correlated with parameters of motor and exploratory behavior.

Results: V3'' differed significantly between baseline and either dose of L-DOPA/benserazide. Moreover, V3'' differed significantly between L-DOPA treatment groups. After 5 mg/kg L-DOPA/benserazide, DAT binding was inversely correlated with sitting duration (1-5 min) and sitting frequency (10-15 min). After 10 mg/kg L-DOPA/benserazide, an inverse correlation was found between DAT binding and sitting duration (1-30 min), whereas DAT binding and duration of ambulatory activity (1-30 min) as well as head and shoulder motility (10-15 min) exhibited a positive correlation.

Conclusion: Challenge with 5 and 10 mg/kg L-DOPA/benserazide led to mean reductions in DAT binding by 34 and 20%, respectively. Results indicate a biphasic response with a higher effect on DAT after the lower dose of L-DOPA. The reduction in DAT binding may be interpreted in terms of competition between [123I]FP-CIT and endogenous dopamine. Moreover, there is preliminary evidence of an association between striatal DAT and motor and exploratory parameters.
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December 2013

Intranasally applied L-DOPA alleviates parkinsonian symptoms in rats with unilateral nigro-striatal 6-OHDA lesions.

Brain Res Bull 2012 Feb 15;87(2-3):340-5. Epub 2011 Nov 15.

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Düsseldorf, Universitaetstrasse 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany.

l-3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA) remains the most effective drug for therapy of Parkinson's disease. However, the current clinical route of L-DOPA administration is variable and unreliable because of problems with drug absorption and first-pass metabolism. Administration of drugs via the nasal passage has been proven an effective alternate route for a number of medicinal substances. Here we examined the acute behavioral and neurochemical effects of intranasally (IN) applied L-DOPA in rats bearing unilateral lesions of the medial forebrain bundle, with severe depletion (97%) of striatal dopamine. Turning behavior in an open field, footslips on a horizontal grid and postural motor asymmetry in a cylinder were assessed following IN L-DOPA or vehicle administration with, or without, benserazide pre-treatment. IN L-DOPA without benserazide pre-treatment mildly decreased ipsilateral turnings and increased contralateral turnings 10-20 min after the treatment. IN L-DOPA with saline pre-treatment reduced contralateral forelimb-slips on the grid while no effects were evident in the cylinder test. These results support the hypothesis that L-DOPA can bypass the blood-brain barrier by the IN route and alleviate behavioral impairments in the hemiparkinsonian animal model.
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February 2012