Evidence that the stimulatory effect of neurotensin on dopamine release in rat nucleus accumbens slices is independent of dopamine D2-receptor activation
Neurotensin (NT, 10-9 M and 10-7 M) increased the electrically stimulated release of [3H]dopamine (DA) in rat nucleus accumbens slices. This effect was not altered by activation of DA D2-receptors with high or low concentrations of quinpirole (10-6 M and 10-8 M) or blockade of DA D2-receptors with near maximal concentrations of sulpiride (10-6 M and 10-5 M). The sulpiride-mediated increase in [3H]DA release and the release induced by NT were additive. These results suggest that NT functions independently of DA D2-receptor activation to modulate DA release in the nucleus accumbens. NT did not modulate the simultaneous release of [14C]acetylcholine.