Muriel Castel

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The effect of acute subcutaneous administration of methamphetamine on the expression of neurotensin mRNA was investigated in the adult rat striatum. At different time points (2, 6 and 24 h) following drug administration rats were killed, and mRNA levels were quantified both on films and emulsion-dipped tissue sections from two striatal levels. Two hours(More)
Recently the existence of a neurotensin striatonigral pathway strongly up-regulated by methamphetamine has been demonstrated. The aim of the present study was to investigate, using immunohistochemistry and radioimmunoassay, the modulation of this pathway by dopamine antagonists. Rats were injected either with methamphetamine alone or together with the(More)
Using immunohistochemical techniques we have analysed the occurrence of cholecystokinin-like immunoreactivity (CCK-LI) in the cortex and striatum of the rat. In the cortex few CCK-immunoreactive cell bodies, mainly interneurons, could be visualized in normal brains, and a moderately dense network of CCK fibres was also observed. Injections of colchicine(More)
It has been reported that methamphetamine (METH) upregulates striatal neurotensin (NT) mRNA levels. The present in situ hybridization study demonstrates, using the dopamine D1 antagonist SCH23390 that this effect is mediated through D1 receptors. Sulpiride, a selective D2 antagonist, induces an upregulation of NT expression, which in some striatal areas is(More)
It is now well established that the expression of peptides in rat primary sensory neurons is dramatically changed in response to peripheral nerve injury. Thus, as first shown by Jessell et al. peripheral axotomy causes a decrease in substance P levels in the dorsal horn of the corresponding spinal cord segments, and this is due to down-regulation of peptide(More)
Biochemical and anatomical data are reported which demonstrate for the first time the existence of a retrograde axonal transport process for a neuropeptide, neurotensin, in rat brain. Neurotensin receptors are mainly located in the striatum on nerve terminals of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic pathway. Thus, the association of specific neurotensin receptors(More)
Direct intracerebral gene transfer to neural cells has been demonstrated with recombinant adenovirus encoding beta-galactosidase. To explore the potential of recombinant adenovirus for the therapy of neurological disease we constructed a recombinant adenovirus encoding tyrosine hydroxylase and optimized intracerebral injection to express the gene in the(More)
The distribution and origin of neurotensin-like immunoreactivity in the substantia nigra pars reticulata of the rat have been analysed using immunohistochemistry combined with different drug treatments and lesioning techniques. In normal rats, a distinct but weakly fluorescent network of neurotensin-immunoreactive fibers was found in the central part of the(More)
We previously demonstrated the existence of a retrograde axonal transport of radioactivity to the substantia nigra pars compacta following injection of mono-iodinated neurotensin in rat neostriatum. In the present study, the topographical and cellular distribution of this retrogradely transported material was examined by light and electron microscopic(More)