Franca Ponzio

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The effect of N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine (DSP4) on monoamine neurons was studied in mice and rats. In mice DSP4 produced acutely a marked reduction of endogenous noradrenaline (NA), [3H]NA uptake and nerve density of the adrenergic nerves in the iris and atrium. Pronounced accumulations of NA were observed in non-terminal axons, which is a(More)
The effect of various drugs was studied on 3-methoxytyramine (3-MT) concentrations in rat striatum. The drugs were chosen for their ability to interfere with the dopaminergic system at different levels. Dopamine (DA) acidic metabolites, i.e. homovanillic acid (HVA) and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), were also measured. Changes of 3-MT, unlike those(More)
The concentrations of dopamine (DA) norepinephrine (NE), serotonin (5HT) and their metabolites, HVA, DOPAC, MHPG-SO4 and 5HIAA were measured in several brain areas of rats aged 4, 18 and 29 months. Dopamine and its metabolites showed a decline, statistically correlated with age, in all the dopaminergic areas considered, indicating that this system is(More)
Changes with age in responses to stress of certain central monoaminergic systems were investigated. Three groups of rats, 4, 18 and 29 months old, were exposed to cold and the effect of this stress on hypothalamic tyrosine hydroxylase, and on the metabolism of DA and 5HT in different brain regions was evaluated. Senescent rats were unable for several hours(More)
The novel anxiolytic drug buspirone raised striatal levels of the dopamine metabolites homovanillic acid (HVA) and dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) 1 hr after oral administration. This effect was dose-dependent with a peak at 60 min. No changes were observed in the levels of 3-methoxytyramine (3MT), the extraneuronal metabolite of dopamine. Noradrenaline,(More)
A new HPLC assay technique for monoamines and their metabolites, using a controlled potential coulometric detector equipped with a dual working electrode cell of fully porous graphite through which the samples flow, is described in comparison with a classical amperometric detector equipped with a glassy carbon electrode. Different potentials can be applied(More)