Rapid chronoamperometric recordings coupled with local application of drugs by pressure ejection were used to investigate the effects of nomifensine and ethanol (EtOH) on exogenous norepinephrine (NE) clearance in the cerebellum of young (5-month-old) and aged (24-26-month-old) male Fischer 344 rats. In the young rats, local nomifensine application prolonged exogenous NE clearance, indicating transporter mediated uptake inhibition. NE clearance was modestly but significantly prolonged in the aged rats as compared to the young rats, suggesting less efficient uptake. Consistent with this, there was little effect of nomifensine on NE clearance in the aged rats. In contrast to the effect of nomifensine, EtOH inhibited NE clearance in both young and aged rats. These data further support the hypothesis that one effect of EtOH in cerebellar NE systems is inhibition of NE uptake into NE-containing nerve terminals, and they also demonstrate that the effect of nomifensine on exogenous NE clearance in vivo in the cerebellum is altered by the aging process, while the effect of EtOH is not.
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 9 May 1997|
- Cerebellar cortex
- Fischer 344 rat