The nitric oxide (NO)-active drugs influence on the bioelectric activity of neurons of the pars reticulata of the substantia nigra was studied in urethane-anesthetized rats. A first group of animals was treated with 7-nitro-indazole (7-NI), a preferential inhibitor of neuronal NO synthase. In a second group of rats, electrophysiological recordings were coupled with microiontophoretic administration of Nω-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME, a NO synthase inhibitor), 3-morpholino-sydnonimin-hydrocloride (SIN-1, a NO donor) and 8-Br-cGMP (a cell-permeable analogue of cGMP, the main second-messenger of NO neurotransmission). 7-NI and l-NAME caused a statistically significant decrease in the firing rate of most of the responsive cells, while application of SIN-1 and 8-Br-CGMP induced statistically significant excitatory effects. The results suggest a NO mediated excitatory modulation of the SNr neurons activity with a possible involvement of the cGMP pathway.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Neural Transmission|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Biological Psychiatry