Karin Schwartz

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We compared the effect of 5 days D-amphetamine (5 mg/kg/day i.p.) and cocaine (15 mg/kg/day i.p.) administration on the vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) density in rat brain. VMAT2 expression was assessed by [(3)H]dihydrotetrabenazine high affinity binding. Cocaine administration led to significant increases in VMAT2 density in both prefrontal(More)
Psychopharmacological and neurochemical research suggests that alterations in monoamine transporters may be involved in the etiology of depression. We studied the expression of the brain-type vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT2) in the Flinders sensitive line (FSL) rats, which represent a genetic animal model for clinical depression in humans. VMAT2(More)
The brain vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT2) is part of the re-uptake mechanism which regulates monoaminergic neurotransmission. We demonstrated previously a high degree of similarity between the pharmacodynamic characteristics of platelet and brain VMAT2. Nicotine induced increase of dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission in limbic structures may(More)
Amphetamine and its derivatives are psychostimulants active at the plasma membrane monoamine transporters. In the present study we assessed the interaction of parachloroamphetamine, D-amphetamine, fenfluramine and methylendioxymethamphetamine with brain vesicular monoamine transporter using purified rat striatal synaptic vesicles. All four psychostimulants(More)
The brain vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT2) is essential for neuronal monoamine storage and regulation of monoaminergic neurotransmission. We demonstrated previously a high degree of similarity between the pharmacodynamic characteristics of platelet and brain VMAT2. Opioids induce increase of dopamine release in limbic structures. In the present study(More)
Brain vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) has a critical role in the regulation of monoaminergic neurotransmission. In our previous study we have found decreased platelet VMAT2 density in healthy habitual smokers. Schizophrenia is associated with high rate of cigarette smoking. In the present study we assessed platelet VMAT2 pharmacodynamic(More)
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