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The monoamine neurotransmitters have long been ascribed important modulatory actions on male sexual behavior by a wealth of pharmacological studies. Methodological developments have now made possible the assessment of the extracellular levels of amine transmitters and their metabolites in discrete brain areas of sexually behaving animals using in vivo(More)
This report compares the changes in the main dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT) metabolites, respectively dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and 5-hydroxy indoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in three relatively close brain regions, namely the nucleus accumbens (ACB), the medial preoptic area, and the medial basal hypothalamus (MBH), as well as DA in the ACB, of(More)
The extracellular levels of the dopamine (DA) metabolites dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and homovanillic acid (HVA) and the serotonin metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in the medial preoptic area (MPOA) of male rats were monitored during unrestricted copulation, the ensuing state of sexual refractoriness and the resumption of mating(More)
We have tested the hypothesis, suggested by our previous neurochemical studies, that the inhibition of sexual behavior that follows unrestricted mating could be caused by a blockade of dopaminergic transmission. Male rats were allowed to copulate until they reached a satiety criterion. The following day, after verification that they were sexually inactive,(More)
A microcomputer-assisted curve-fitting procedure was developed for the quantitative estimation of the components of the mixed "catechol peak" recorded with differential normal pulse voltammetry (DNPV) at electrochemically pretreated carbon fiber microelectrodes in the living brain. The contribution of each of the relevant electroactive species is fitted by(More)
The levels of several neurochemicals, i.e., uric acid (UA), dopamine (DA), dihydroxyphenylacetic acid, and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid, collected daily from the rat striatum with either fixed or removable microdialysis probes for 7 days after surgery were compared. The implantation of the fixed cannula was followed by a 10-fold increase in the UA content in(More)
The height of peak 2, h2, recorded using linear sweep voltammetry with 350-micron-diameter carbon paste electrodes in rat striatum was measured from the day of implantation (day 0) to 4 months after surgery. The value of h2 was at a minimum on day 0 (0.6 +/- 0.2 nA; n = 20), rose sharply to a maximum on day 2 (6.3 +/- 0.9 nA; n = 12), and decreased to a(More)
We have previously developed a microcomputer-assisted curve-fitting method for measuring the components of the mixed electrochemical signals recorded by differential normal pulse voltammetry in the living brain. It was initially used for resolution of the dopamine and dihydroxyphenylacetic acid components of the catechol signal (peak 2). This report shows(More)
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