On the involvement of a tonic dopamine D2-autoinhibition in the regulation of pulse-to-pulse-evoked dopamine release in the rat striatum in vivo

Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 1997 Jun;355(6):716-9. doi: 10.1007/pl00005004.


The dopamine overflow evoked by trains of electrical stimulation pulses applied to the ascending dopaminergic pathway was measured with continuous amperometry in the striatum of anesthetised rats. As previously observed in in vitro studies, a pulse by pulse analysis showed a fall in dopamine overflow evoked by pulses 2 to 6, compared to the response evoked by pulse 1. However, in contrast with in vitro findings, the present in vivo data showed that the dopamine receptor antagonist haloperidol i) completely reverses the fall in dopamine overflow between pulse 1 and subsequent pulses, ii) enhances the dopamine overflow elicited by pulse 1. These results suggest that in vivo, both basal and pulse-evoked dopamine overflow results in stimulation of dopamine D2-type autoreceptors and therefore in regulation of dopamine release.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Corpus Striatum / metabolism*
  • Corpus Striatum / ultrastructure
  • Dopamine / metabolism*
  • Dopamine Antagonists / pharmacology
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Haloperidol / pharmacology
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2 / physiology*


  • Dopamine Antagonists
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2
  • Haloperidol
  • Dopamine