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Retigabine is a novel anticonvulsant with an unknown mechanism of action. It has recently been reported that retigabine modulates a potassium channel current in nerve growth factor-differentiated PC12 cells (), however, to date the molecular correlate of this current has not been identified. In the present study we have examined the effects of retigabine on(More)
Rapid-response impulsivity, characterized by inability to withhold response to a stimulus until it is adequately appraised, is associated with risky behavior and may be increased in a state-dependent manner by norepinephrine. We assessed effects of yohimbine, which increases norepinephrine release by blocking alpha-2 noradrenergic receptors, on plasma(More)
The effect of a series of indoleamines on the potassium-evoked tritium release of previously accumulated [3H]dopamine from rat striatal slices has been investigated. The indoleamines 5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-methoxytryptamine, 5-methoxy-N,N'-dimethyltryptamine and tryptamine (10(-7) to 10(-5) M) all reduced potassium-evoked release of tritium, to a maximum of(More)
1. Intrahypothalamic injection of either dopamine or noradrenaline in a dose volume of 1 mul. caused a fall in core temperature in lightly restrained rats maintained at an ambient temperature of 17 +/- 1 degrees C.2. The hypothermic effects of dopamine (10 mug) and noradrenaline (2 mug) were selectively antagonized by systemic pre-treatment with pimozide(More)
Early responses to stimuli can be measured by sensory evoked potentials (EP) using repeated identical stimuli, S1 and S2. Response to S1 may represent efficient stimulus detection, while suppression of response to S2 may represent inhibition. Early responses to stimuli may be related to impulsivity. We compared EP reflecting stimulus detection and(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) is a vasoconstrictor peptide and a cotransmitter with norepinephrine (NE) in sympathetic nerve terminals and is thought to be involved in sympathetic nerve stimulation (SNS)-induced vasoconstriction. Using BIBP-3226, a Y1 receptor selective antagonist, we examined this hypothesis in the isolated and perfused mesenteric vascular bed. SNS(More)
1 Unilateral intrahypothalamic injection of either dopamine (10 mug) or amphetamine (10 mug) caused a fall in core temperature in the rat. Pimozide (0.5 mg/kg, i.p.) significantly reduced the hypothermic response, whereas pretreatment with phentolamine (1 mg/kg, i.p.) or methysergide (5 mg/kg, i.p.) was ineffective.2 Systemic pretreatment with cocaine (20(More)