The effects of the dopamine D1 receptor agonist, SKF-38393, on the levels of mRNAs encoding for the proto-oncogene c-fos and the GABA-synthesizing enzyme glutamate decarboxylase (GAD65) were measured by in situ hybridization histochemistry in the striatum of adult rats depleted of dopamine as neonates. c-fos mRNA levels exhibited a prominent increase following the acute systemic administration of SKF-38393 in dopamine-depleted but not in normal rats. Double-labeling in situ hybridization histochemistry using a radioactive c-fos probe and a digoxigenin-labeled preproenkephalin (PPE) cRNA probe indicated chat c-fos mRNA levels were increased by SKF-38393 exclusively in a subpopulation of PPE-unlabeled neurons. Dopamine-depleted rats exhibited an increase in GAD65 mRNA levels relative to control rats. Acute administration of SKF-38393 did not alter GAD65 mRNA levels in control or in dopamine-depleted rats. Our results demonstrate that an acute administration of a D1-receptor agonist induces c-fos but not GAD65 gene expression in a subpopulation of presumed striato-nigral/entopeduncular neurons. They also suggest that the D1-dependent behavioral plasticity exhibited by adult rats depleted of dopamine as neonates is not the result of an altered activation of the two subpopulations of striatal efferent neurons.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Molecular Brain Research|
|State||Published - Jun 1 1998|