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SUBJECTS The serotonin reuptake transporter (SERT) helps to regulate brain serotonergic transmission and is the target of some antidepressants. To further understand SERT function, we measured a marker of regional brain phospholipase A2 (PLA2) activation in SERT knockout mice (SERT-/-) and their littermate controls (SERT+/+). METHODS Following(More)
Retinal and cortical lesions are completely different events that trigger visual cortical plasticity. We therefore compared the cortical effects of homonymous lesions of the central retina with effects of cortical lesions. All in vivo experiments were performed in anaesthetized, adult cats. Retinal lesions were made with a Xenon-light photocoagulator, and(More)
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Different intracortical mechanisms have been reported to contribute to the substantial topographic reorganization of the mammalian primary visual cortex in response to matching lesions in the two retinas: an immediate expansion of receptive fields followed by a gradual shift of excitability into the deprived area and finally axonal sprouting of laterally(More)
Serotonergic 5-HT(2A/2C) receptors can be coupled to phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) activation to release the second messenger, arachidonic acid (AA), from membrane phospholipids. We wished to see if this signaling process in rat brain would be altered by chronic administration followed by 3days of washout of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor,(More)
Norfluoxetine is the most important active metabolite of the widely used antidepressant fluoxetine. Although the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) relationship and neurochemical profile of fluoxetine is well characterized in human and in animals, little is known about the effect of its metabolite. The aim of this study was to characterize(More)
Fluoxetine, a selective serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) reuptake inhibitor, is used widely to treat depression and related disorders. By inhibiting presynaptic 5-HT reuptake, fluoxetine is thought to act by increasing 5-HT in the synaptic cleft, thus 5-HT binding to postsynaptic 5-HT(2A/2C) receptors. These receptors can be coupled via a G-protein to(More)
Incorporation coefficients k(*) of intravenously injected [(3)H]arachidonic acid from blood into brain reflect the release from phospholipids of arachidonic acid by receptor-initiated activation of phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)). In unanesthetized adult rats, 2.5 mg/kg intraperitoneally (i.p.) (+/-)2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl-2-aminopropane (DOI), which is a(More)
This study aimed at gaining insight into the role of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate in topographic map reorganization in the sensory systems of adult mammals after restricted deafferentations. Hereto, in vivo microdialysis was used to sample extracellular glutamate from sensory-deprived and non-deprived visual cortex of adult awake cats 18 to 53(More)