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Increase in Rat Brain Tyrosine Hydroxylase Activity Produced by Electroconvulsive Shock

Jose M. Musacchio, Louis Julou, Seymour S. Kety and Jacques Glowinski
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Vol. 63, No. 4 (Aug. 15, 1969), pp. 1117-1119
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/59468
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Increase in Rat Brain Tyrosine Hydroxylase Activity Produced by Electroconvulsive Shock
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Abstract

A sustained increase in the turnover of norepinephrine coupled with an increased concentration of that amine has, in a previous study, been observed in the brains of rats exposed to electroconvulsive shock twice daily for one week. The phenomenon has been further examined by studying the effects of a similar regimen of electroconvulsive shock upon tyrosine hydroxylase in the brain, since that enzyme appears to be rate-limiting in norepinephrine synthesis. A small (15%) but significant increase in the whole brain enzyme activity was found in the electroshock-treated animals. A significant increase of tyrosine hydroxylase activity was found in the brainstem (24%) and cortex (20%) of such animals.

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