Luca Sebastianelli

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It is not yet clear how L-dopa, that is the most effective drug for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, enters into the dopaminergic neurons to be transformed into dopamine. It is suggested that L-dopa is mainly transported into cells by a group of L-amino acid carriers named "System L". Since these carriers are selectively inhibited by(More)
Most anti-parkinsonian drugs produce a dopamine-like effect on single dopaminergic neurons. Using electrophysiological recordings, this effect is observed as an inhibition of the spontaneous firing activity. The firing activity of dopaminergic cells throughout dopamine-mediated mechanisms is inhibited not only by dopamine direct agonists but also by(More)
There is a common belief that the opening of K(+)-ATP channels during an ischemic episode has protective effects on neuronal functions by inducing a reduction in energy consumption. However, recent studies have also proposed that activation of these channels might have deleterious effects on cell's survival possibly after a stroke or during long-lasting(More)
BACKGROUND Although dopamine (DA) has been implicated in the psychostimulant properties of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), there is no detailed information on its modalities of action on single ventral midbrain dopaminergic neurons. METHODS We examined the actions of MDMA on intracellularly recorded dopaminergic neurons maintained in slices. (More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Nutrition is the result of a complex interaction among environmental, homeostatic and reward-related processes. Accumulating evidence supports key roles for the dopaminergic neurons of the ventral midbrain in regulating feeding behaviour. For this reason, in the present study, we have investigated the electrophysiological effects of(More)
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