Effects of flow-stop on the metabolism of noradrenaline released by nerve stimulation in the perfused spleen

  • Margarita Dubocovich
  • S. Z. Langer


The metabolic pathway of 3H-noradrenaline released spontaneously and by nerve stimulation was studied in the isolated perfused spleen of the cat. The deaminated glycol, DOPEG, (3,4 dihydroxyphenylglycol) was the main metabolite in spontaneous outflow, accounting for 62.5±1.6% of the total radioactivity (n=13). Of the total increase in radioactive products elicited by nerve stimulation at 5 Hz or 10 Hz around 30% was accounted for by the noradrenaline metabolites, particularly DOPEG and the O-methylated fraction. In the presence of 2.9×10−6 M of cocaine the total overflow of radioactivity induced by stimulation was unchanged but DOPEG formation from released noradrenaline was abolished. These findings indicate that DOPEG formation results from the recapture of the released transmitter by adrenergic nerve endings and subsequent intraneuronal deamination. The total overflow of noradrenaline was reduced by flow-stop while the metabolism of the released transmitter was increased significantly. Cocaine, 2.9×10−6 M, prevented the increase in DOPEG when stimulation was applied under flow-stop conditions. The decrease in noradrenaline overflow induced by flow-stop is partly due to the increase in the metabolism of the released transmitter.

Key words

Noradrenaline Noradrenaline Metabolites Perfused Spleen Nerve Stimulation Transmitter Overflow 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margarita Dubocovich
    • 1
  • S. Z. Langer
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones FarmacológicasConsejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasBuenos AiresArgentina

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