Use of liquid chromatography with electrochemistry to measure effects of varying intensities of white light on DOPA accumulation in rat retinas

Melissa A. Proll, Cylia W. Kamp, William W. Morgan

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Abstract

Exposure of dark-adapted rats to light enhances the activity of the retinal dopamine (DA) neurons. The purpose of this study was to determine if the response of these neurons to light varies with different intensities of light. The accumulation of dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) after inhibition of L-aromatic amino acid decarboxylase with NSD-1015 was used as a measure of the in vivo activity of these DA neurons. Retinal DOPA accumulation was significantly increased in dark-adapted rats that had been exposed to light for only 5 min. The activation of the retinal DA neurons by cool white fluorescent lighting was dependent upon the light intensity. Light intensities of 0.1 and 0.5 lux did not stimulate the retinal DA neurons. There was a significant, but submaximal, activation of the neurons by 5.0 lux, and intensities of 32.2 lux or more maximally stimulated the neurons. The method involving liquid chromatography (LC) with electrochemistry (EC) which was used in these experiments to measure retinal DOPA and DA concentrations is also described in detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalLife Sciences
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 4 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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