Archives of Pharmacal Research

, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 94–98 | Cite as

Effects of dopaminergic drugs on the mast cell degranulation and nitric oxide generation in RAW 264.7 cells

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Effects of dopaminergic drugs on the degranulation of mast cells (RBL-2H3 cells) and the nitric oxide production from macrophage cells (RAW 264.7) were studied. Among the dopaminergic agonists and antagonists tested, bromocriptine, 7-OH-DPAT, haloperidol, and clozapine showed potent inhibitions of mast cell degranualtion (IC50 value, 5 μM). However, these dopaminergic agents did not affect the tyrosine phosphorylations of the signaling components of the high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI), such as Syk, PLCγ1, and PLCγ2.; This suggested that these signaling components were not involved in the inhibition of the mast cell degranulation by these compounds. On the other hand, dopamine, bromocriptine, 7-OH-DAPT, and haloperidol markedly inhibited the nitric oxide production from RAW 264.7 cells (IC50 values, 10–20 μM). Bromocriptine, a dopamine agonist that is routinely used for the treatment of Parkinsons disease, inhibited the expression of the inducible nitric oxide synthase at an early stage of the LPS-induced protein expression in a dose-dependent manner. The results suggested that these dopaminergic agents, when used for the treatment of dopamine receptors-related diseases, such as Schizophrenia or Parkinsons disease, might have additional beneficial effects.

Key words

Dopaminergic drugs Mast cell Degranulation Macrophage Nitric oxide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pharmacology Laboratory, College of Pharmacy, Drug Development Research CenterChonnam National UniversityKwang-JuKorea

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