Isabelle Leroux-Nicollet

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OBJECTIVE We sought to demonstrate whether the specific activation of serotonin1B (5-HT1B) heteroreceptors by systemic or local administration of the selective 5-HT1B receptor agonist anpirtoline could mediate antidepressant-like effects in mice. METHODS We confirmed the selectivity of action of anpirtoline in the forced swim test (FST) in 5-HT1B knockout(More)
Depression is a multifactorial illness and genetic factors play a role in its etiology. The understanding of its physiopathology relies on the availability of experimental models potentially mimicking the disease. Here we describe a model built up by selective breeding of mice with strikingly different responses in the tail suspension test, a stress(More)
Labelling of central dopaminergic systems with the dopamine uptake inhibitor [3H]GBR12783 was performed in vivo in mice by i.v. injection of a tracer dose of the ligand (40 microCi) 1 h before sacrifice. Autoradiographic pictures obtained from these experiments were quantified. The data were compared to those obtained by in vitro labelling of rat brain(More)
[3H]dihydrotetrabenazine ([3H]TBZOH) was used to label the monoamine vesicular transporter in the rat substantia nigra. An accumulation of neuronal vesicles in the substantia nigra pars compacta was observed after blockade of the fast axonal transport by a microinjection of colchicine (10 micrograms/2 microliters) into the medial forebrain bundle. This(More)
We performed an autoradiographic study of [D-Ala(2),MePhe(4),Gly-ol(5)]enkephalin (DAMGO)-sensitive [(3)H]naloxone binding to micro-opioid receptors and of [(3)H][D-Pen(2),D-Pen(5)]enkephalin (DPDPE) binding to delta-opioid receptors in the rat brain after 4- or 21-day treatments with paroxetine, reboxetine and moclobemide to investigate the participation(More)
Growing evidence supports the involvement of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in mood disorders and the mechanism of action of antidepressant drugs. However, the relationship between BDNF and serotonergic signalling is poorly understood. Heterozygous mutants BDNF +/- mice were utilized to investigate the influence of BDNF on the serotonin (5-HT)(More)
Intrastriatal kainic acid injection destroys the neurons originating from the striatum, including those on which terminals of the nigro- and meso-striatal dopaminergic neurons project. We have studied at various times the consequences of this lesion on dopamine metabolism and on the neuronal and vesicular transporters. Two and 15 days after kainic acid(More)
Rats were treated once daily for 15 consecutive days with either cocaine or the specific dopamine uptake inhibitor 1-[2- (diphenylmethoxy)ethyl]-4-(3-phenyl-2-(propenyl)-piperazine (GBR12783) at a dose (10 mg/kg) that given acutely increases locomotor activity. Two or 14 days after the last administration, the motor stimulant responses of rats to a(More)
We have studied the heterogeneous distribution of the vesicular monoamine transporter, labelled with3H dihydrotetrabenazine (3H TBZOH) and the dopamine uptake complex, labelled with3H GBR12783 in the rat striatum. The ratio TBZOH/GBR12783 was higher in the anterior part of the striatum than in the caudal part. This discrepancy could not be explained by the(More)
The binding sites of [3H]nociceptin (also named Orphanin FQ), the endogenous ligand of the ORL1 (opiate receptor like 1) receptor, were localized in the central nervous system of the mouse using an autoradiographic procedure. A high density of binding sites was seen in the cerebral cortex, paraventricular nucleus of the thalamus, amygdaloid complex,(More)