Nigral transplants reinnervating the dopamine-depleted neostriatum can sustain intracranial self-stimulation.
- Transplants of embryonic substantia nigra reinnervated the striatum and were able to sustain intracranial self-stimulation in rats with brain lesions induced by 6-hydroxydopamine. Dopaminergic drugs and alterations in current intensity produced typical changes in response rates. Animals with electrodes implanted into cortical grafts or into the denervated striatum failed to exhibit self-stimulation. These findings suggest that transplanted dopamine neurons convey specific, temporally organized information axonally to the striatum.
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