David Dougan

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A method has been developed for the quantitation of the putative phenolamine neurotransmitter octopamine, and its precursor tyramine, in brain tissue. The procedure employs methane chemical ionization of the pentafluoropropionate derivatives of octopamine and tyramine together with the use of deuterated internal standards and selected ion monitoring.(More)
Behavioural studies showed that administration of alpha-methyl-p-tyramine (AMT; 10 mg/kg i.p.) to rats 24 hr before treatment with d-amphetamine (AMPHET; 4 mg/kg i.p.) resulted in augmentation of AMPHET-induced stereotype activity. Parallel experiments involving electro-chemical estimation of dopamine metabolites in the striatum showed that the decrease in(More)
The stereoselective accumulation of alpha-methyl-p-tyramine (AMPT) and alpha-methyl-p-octopamine (AMPO) in rat striatum and hypothalamus after acute and chronic administration of the (+)- and (-)-isomers of amphetamine (Amphet) and the acute administration of (+)- and (-)-AMPT has been investigated by chemical ionization gas chromatography mass spectrometry(More)
1. Sulpiride, but not procainamide, antagonizes the excitatory effects of (+/-)-octopamine receptors in the Tapes ventricle. Neither compound attenuates dopamine excitation. 2. Clozapine will attenuate the effects of (+/-)-octopamine and (-)-alpha-methyl octopamine at the octopamine receptor but not the excitatory effect of dopamine at dopamine receptors.(More)
The concentration in rat striatum of the meta and para isomers of tyramine and alpha-methyltyramine, after the administration of (+)-amphetamine, alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine (AMPT) and alpha-methylphenylalanine (AMPA) has been determined using chemical ionization gas chromatography mass spectrometry (c.i.g.c.m.s.). Twenty hours after the last of 7 daily(More)
Direct measurement by gas chromatography methane chemical ionization mass spectrometry of alpha-methyldopamine and alpha-methylnorepinephrine in rat striatum has shown the failure of these compounds to be accumulated in vivo after chronic administration of d-amphetamine despite the accumulation of alpha-methyltyramine, an immediate in vitro precursor.(More)