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Interactive effects of stimulation of D1 and D2 dopamine receptors on Fos expression in the lateral habenula.


PMID 9098550

Abstract

We have previously shown that systemic administration of non-selective dopamine agonists results in a pronounced expression of the proto-oncoprotein Fos within the lateral habenula. In the current study we examined the effects of selective D1 and D2 dopamine receptor agonists on habenular Fos expression. Rats were injected with various doses of the selective D2 agonist quinpirole (0, 0.62 or 2.5 mg/kg) either alone or in combination with various doses of the selective full D1 agonist A-77636 (0, 0.75 or 3.0 mg/kg). The selective agonists, by themselves, induced only small increases in Fos-like immunoreactivity within the lateral habenula, but combinations of the two drugs resulted in a very robust response. These findings indicate that D1 and D2 receptor agonists interact to induce Fos expression within the habenula and that the nature of this interaction differs from that reported in the striatum and the globus pallidus.

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