Increased dopamine D2 receptor-mediation inhibition of [14C]acetylcholine release in the dorsomedial part of the nucleus accumbens

Russel V.A. ; Allin R. ; Lamm M.C.L. ; Taljaard J.J.F. (1989)


Dopamine (DA) D2-receptor-mediated inhibition of the K+-stimulated release of [14C]acetylcholine (ACh) from prelabeled rat dorsomedial nucleus accumbens slices was found to be 1.7 times greater than that observed in dorsorostral and ventromedial slices. This observation is consistent with the 1.9 fold higher DA D2 receptor density found in the dorsomedial area. In contrast, there were no differences in the DA D2 receptor-mediated effects on [3H]DA release in these areas. In addition, DA D2 receptor-mediated effect on [3H]DA and [14C]ACh release could not be demonstrated in the ventrorostral part of the nucleus accumbens consistent with the fact that DA D2 receptors were barely detectable in this area. The results suggest that cholinergic terminals in the dorsomedial part of the nucleus accumbens are under greater inhibitory DA control than in other areas of the nucleus accumbens.

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