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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)
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)
In vivo intracerebral microdialysis is an important neurochemical technique that has been applied extensively in genetic and pharmacological studies aimed at investigating the relationship between neurotransmitters. Among the main interests of microdialysis application is the infusion of drugs through the microdialysis probe (reverse dialysis) in awake,(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)
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)
[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)
The long-term effects of a unique injection of reserpine (5 mg/kg s.c.) on the vesicular monoamine transporter and dopamine uptake complex have been investigated, in parallel with behavioral and neurochemical effects. Early after treatment, a dramatic decrease in locomotor activity, as well as a marked depletion in striatal dopamine (DA), associated with a(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)
Two lines of mice were bred for their opposite helpless behavior in the tail suspension test, i.e., helpless (HL) mice and non helpless (NHL) mice. The 5-HT(1A) receptor labeling was quantified by means of autoradiography with (3)H-8-OH-DPAT on brain sections from mice of these two lines. We observed a significantly higher level of (3)H-8-OH-DPAT binding(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)