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Electroconvulsive shock does not modify striatal contents of dopamine in MPTP-treated mice.

It has been suggested that the therapeutic response to electroconvulsive therapy in depressed patients could be mediated by functional changes in the dopaminergic pathways; a favorable response to electroconvulsive therapy was also observed recently in patients with Parkinson's disease. To study a possible interference of electroconvulsive shock in the course of MPTP-induced parkinsonism in rodents, we measured the striatal content of dopamine in MPTP-treated mice that received electroconvulsive shock at various intervals in the course of MPTP neurotoxicity. Our results showed no immediate or delayed differences in striatal dopamine content of animals that received MPTP and electroconvulsive shock when compared with animals that received only MPTP, thus suggesting that the strong biological effects of MPTP and electroconvulsive shock on the brain may follow different biochemical mechanisms.[1]


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