Changes in brain dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin associated with convulsions induced by pinealectomy in the gerbil

R. Philo, R. J. Reiter, J. R. McGill

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In three separate experiments, adult male gerbils 10 weeks of age were pinealectomized (PX), observed for convulsions, and sacrificed at various intervals after PX. Norepinephrine (NE), dopamine (DA) and serotonin (5-HT) in selected brain parts were determined by fluorometric procedures. No changes in DA were observed. Serotonin levels were shown to be elevated in sham-operated and PX animals, possibly due to stress phenomena associated with anesthesia or surgical procedures. Norepinephrine was significantly depressed over control and sham-operated animals by 1 hour after surgery with a post-operative duration of at least 12 hours. Results in this study did not indicate whether the decreased NE was the cause or an effect of the PX-induced convulsive activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-252
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Neural Transmission
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1979



  • Dopamine
  • convulsions
  • norepinephrine
  • pinealectomy
  • serotonin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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