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Title: FK506 as effective adjunct to L-dopa in reserpine-induced catalepsy in rats
Authors: Singh, Amanpreet
Naidu, Pattipati S
Kulkarni, Shrinivas K
Keywords: Catalepsy;FK506 adjunet;L-dopa;Parkinson’s disease;Reserpine-induced catalepsy
Issue Date: Nov-2003
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Reserpine-induced catalepsy is a widely accepted animal model of Parkinson's disease. In the present study reserpine (2.5mg/kg, ip) 20 hr and alpha-mehyl- para-tyrosine (AMPT; 200 mg/kg, ip), one hour before the experiment induced significant catalepsy in rats as assessed by bar test. There was a significant increase in the time spent on the bar in bar test as compared to the control untreated rats. L-dopa (100 mg/kg, ip) and carbidopa (10 mg/kg, ip) combination, a conventional therapy was less effective in reversing reserpine- induced catalepsy. Pretreatment with FK506, a neuroprotectant (0.5-2 mg/kg, po) not only dose dependently reduced the catalepsy in reserpine-treated rats but a lower dose 1mg/kg) potentiated the motor stimulant actions of sub threshold dose of  L-dopa(100 mg/k g, ip) and carbidopa (10mg/kg, ip) combination. Anticataleptic effect of FK506 was blocked dose dependently by specific D2 receptor blocker sulpiride (25-100 mg/kg, ip ). In conclusion, the findings of the present study suggest that FK506 has , an indirect modulatory action on the dopamine D2 receptors. FK506 being a neuroprotectant, could be used as an effective adjunet to L-dopa for the treatment of neuroleptic- induced extrapyramidal side effects.
Page(s): 1264-1268
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.41(11) [November 2003]

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