Abstract: The rat ventral tegmentum (containing dendrites and somata of mesolimbic neurones) contained 1.3 μg/g of dopamine, which was reduced to 40% of the control level by reserpine. Slices of ventral tegmentum were able to accumulate and release (elevated potassium or protoveratrine A) exogenous (3H)dopamine. In parallel studies the uptake mechanism in ventral tegmentum was shown to be virtually identical to the nerve terminal uptake of (3H)dopamine by slices of nucleus accumbens. The release of (3H)dopamine was indistinguishable from that observed in substantia nigra, where there is substantial evidence for dendritic mechanisms. Basal adenylate cyclase activity was present, but dopamine‐stimulated activity was not detected. A high GABA concentration (7.7 μmol/g) was present in ventral tegmentum, in conjunction with an uptake and a release mechanism for (3H)GABA. GABA and muscimol elicited a small, reproducible efflux of (3H)dopamine, but an interaction between dopamine and (3H)GABA efflux was not observed. The results are in accord with transmitter roles for dopamine and GABA in the somatoden‐dritic area of mesolimbic dopaminergic neurons.
Journal of Neurochemistry – Wiley
Published: Jun 1, 1980
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