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Titolo: Mirtazapine-induced corelease of dopamine and noradrenaline from noradrenergic neurons in the medial prefrontal and occipital cortex
Data di pubblicazione: 2004
Abstract: The novel antidepressant mirtazapine has been shown to increase extracellular noradrenaline and dopamine in the medial prefrontal cortex. Our previous studies indicate that extracellular dopamine in the cerebral cortex originates largely from noradrenergic terminals, such release being controlled by a2-adrenoceptors. Because mirtazapine inhibits a2-adrenoceptors, the possibility that it might corelease dopamine and noradrenaline was investigated. By means of microdialysis, the effect of mirtazapine on extracellular dopamine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and noradrenaline in the medial prefrontal cortex, densely innervated by dopaminergic and noradrenergic neurons, and in the occipital cortex, receiving equal noradrenergic but scarce dopaminergic projections, was compared. Basal extracellular concentration of noradrenaline was similar in both cortices, while dopamine in the occipital cortex was only about 50% lower than in the medial prefrontal cortex, reflecting noradrenergic rather than dopaminergic projections. The intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of mirtazapine (5 and 10 mg/ kg) increased extracellular dopamine, DOPAC and noradrenaline to approximately the same extent in both cortices, an effect totally suppressed by the a2-adrenoceptors agonist clonidine (0.15 mg/kg, i.p.). To exclude the possibility that mirtazapine-induced increase in dopamine might result from reduced dopamine removal from extracellular space, noradrenaline and dopamine uptake mechanisms were blocked by perfusing 100 AM desipramine into either cortex. The combined i.p. administration of mirtazapine (5 mg/kg) and the local perfusion of desipramine produced an additional increase in extracellular dopamine, DOPAC and noradrenaline in the medial prefrontal cortex and occipital cortex compared with the increase produced by either drug given alone. The results suggest that mirtazapine by inhibiting a2-adrenoceptors produces a corelease of noradrenaline and dopamine from noradrenergic terminals in the cerebral cortex. D 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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