Effects of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine on neostriatal dopamine in mice.

1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) causes a destruction of the nigrostriatal dopamine pathway in humans as well as in monkeys. However, it has been reported that MPTP is inert in several small animal species. We now report that MPTP, given to mice at 30 mg/kg intraperitoneally, causes severe and long-lasting depletions of dopamine and its… CONTINUE READING