Laurent Diop

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The tritiated dopamine D1 antagonist SCH23390 was employed to determine the densities of D1 receptors in seven discrete and functionally identified cortical areas (cingulate, frontal, parietal, primary somatosensory, primary visual, retrosplenial and entorhinal-piriform) as well as in the neostriatum, hippocampus and olfactory bulbs. In addition, the tissue(More)
This study investigates the contribution of prostaglandins (PG) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) pathways in visceral pain induced by peritoneal irritation in rats. Peritoneal irritation was produced by i.p. administration of acetic acid (AA: 0.06-1.0%, 10 ml/kg). Visceral pain was scored by counting abdominal contractions. The effect of CGRP(More)
The majority of patients with digestive disorders display visceral pain. In these troubles, visceral pain threshold is decreased, demonstrating visceral hypersensitivity. There is growing evidence that nerve growth factor (NGF) may function as a mediator of persistent pain states. This hypothesis was tested in a model of colonic hypersensitivity measured by(More)
The mechanisms underlying the antinociception induced by morphine or U-50,488H (trans-(+-)-3,4-dichloro-N-methyl-N-(2-[1-pyrrolidinyl]- cyclohexyl)benzeneacetamide) against painful colonic distension were examined in anaesthetized rats. The respective ED50 values for morphine and U-50,488H were 0.34 and 0.35 mg/kg for the i.v. route, and 1.68 and 167(More)
The tritiated antagonist SCH23390 was used to identify dopamine D1 receptors in the cerebral cortex and neostriatum. The kinetic properties of binding were investigated in parallel experiments with membrane preparations from both tissues. The densities of receptors (Bmax) and the dissociation constants (KD) were determined from saturation curves, and the(More)
The binding of the D1 antagonist SCH23390 to membrane preparations from rat cerebral cortex was examined using enantiomers of dopamine agonists and antagonists to compete with the bound [3H]SCH23390 at its Kd value. The competition curves were compared with those obtained with preparations from the neostriatum. The results demonstrate that specific(More)
The catecholamine noradrenaline has been proposed to modulate the excitability of cortical neurons, and such a regulation may be mediated by specific adrenergic receptors. We characterized, using electrophysiological recordings, the types of responses of single cells in the rat visual cortex (areas 17 and 18) to the iontophoretic application of adrenergic(More)
Fedotozine has been shown to act on gastrointestinal sensitivity through peripheral kappa-opioid receptors. The present study investigated the action of fedotozine and reference compounds, morphine and (+/-)-U-50,488H, on duodenal pain in anesthetized rats. The noxious stimulus was produced by duodenal distension (100 mm Hg; 30 s). Fedotozine (1-5 mg/kg(More)
In rat cerebral cortex, the 3H-Nicergoline (an ergot alkaloid derivative) binding was rapid, reversible, saturable and of high affinity. In various structures of the central nervous system except midbrain and cerebellum, the maximum binding capacity (B max) for 3H-Nicergoline is greater that for 3H-Prazosin. The specificity studies of 3H-Nicergoline binding(More)