The effects of the concomitant administration of N-n-propyl norapomorphine (NPA) and levodopa, with and without carbidopa, were studied in 12 patients with unsatisfactory symptom control. Double-blind evaluation of the effects of NPA with suboptimal doses of levodopa or levodopa plus carbidopa (Sinemet) showed a mean overall improvement of 44% (20% to 74%)… (More)
High concentrations of the dopaminergic drug levodopa (L-dopa, L-3,4-dihydroxphenylalanine) administered to mice in their diet affected fertility to a moderate degree and prolonged the mean life-span by a maximum of 50 percent.
In 19 patients with Parkinson disease, we studied the relationship of the therapeutic effect of levodopa, or dyskinesia, to the plasma content of DOPA and growth hormone (GH). Those with stable responses to levodopa, individually or as a group, showed stable and lower plasma DOPA levels than those with unstable symptomatic responses. These results show that… (More)
Diphenylhydantoin (DPH) diminished the therapeutic effects of levodopa both in patients with parkinsonism and in patients with chronic manganese poisoning, as well as the levodopa-dependent dyskinesia for which the former were selected. In patients with Huntington chorea, it enhanced chorea and mental agitation and, thus, failed to conform with the… (More)
The effects of seizures on the cerebral and peripheral metabolism of essential metals were studied in mice. Acute and chronic seizures were produced either by electroshock (ES) or by a systemic convulsant. Organ and subcellular distribution of 54Mn and 65Zn were determined prior to and at different intervals after seizure cessation. In mice shocked for 21… (More)
To investigate further the role of growth hormone (GH) on the cerebral effects of levodopa, human somatotropin (human growth hormone) was administered to four patients with parkinsonism with varying response to chronic levodopa therapy. The doses of somatotropin (5 IU) were administered on alternate days for four days, and the effects of this hormone on the… (More)