, Volume 208, Issue 2, pp 245–256 | Cite as

Repeated cocaine administration increases nitric oxide efflux in the rat dorsal striatum

  • Dong Kun Lee
  • Wei Choon Alvin Koh
  • Yoon-Bo Shim
  • Insop Shim
  • Eun Sang Choe
Original Investigation



Repeated injections of cocaine alter extracellular nitric oxide (NO) efflux via interactions between dopamine and glutamate receptor-coupled signaling cascades.


Putative cellular mechanisms underlying changes in NO efflux following repeated cocaine administration were investigated.


Real-time detection of NO efflux using a NO biosensor was mainly performed in the rat dorsal striatum in vivo.


Repeated exposure to cocaine (20 mg/kg), once a day for seven consecutive days, increased NO levels. Repeated injections of cocaine also increased the phosphorylation of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), and inhibition of nNOS decreased the repeated cocaine-evoked increases in NO levels. Inhibition of protein kinase A, but not protein phosphatases, synergistically increased NO levels elevated by repeated cocaine injections. Blockade of dopamine D1 (D1) receptors or stimulation of dopamine D2 (D2) receptors decreased the repeated cocaine-evoked increases in NO levels. Similarly, blockade of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptors and group I metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) or stimulation of group III mGluRs also decreased the repeated cocaine-evoked increases in NO levels.


Stimulation of D1 receptors or group I mGluRs following repeated cocaine administration upregulates NO efflux via an NMDA receptor-evoked Ca2+ influx, while stimulation of D2 receptors or group III mGluRs downregulates NO efflux. Dephosphorylation of phosphorylated nNOS by protein phosphatases is necessary for upregulating NO efflux in the dorsal striatum after repeated cocaine administration.


Biosensor Caudate Dopamine Glutamate NOS Psychostimulant 



The authors thank Dr. Jacqueline F. McGinty for reading and discussing the manuscript. This work was supported by the Korea Research Foundation (grant no. 2008-521-H00005 to E.S.C.), Korea.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dong Kun Lee
    • 1
  • Wei Choon Alvin Koh
    • 2
  • Yoon-Bo Shim
    • 2
  • Insop Shim
    • 3
  • Eun Sang Choe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesPusan National UniversityPusanSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryPusan National UniversityPusanSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Integrative Medicine, College of MedicineThe Catholic University of KoreaSeoulSouth Korea

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