The effects of D1 and D2 dopamine receptor agonists on phosphoinositide hydrolysis were studied by measuring the accumulation of radioactive inositol phosphates in slices of rat corpus striatum prelabelled with [3H]inositol. All assays were performed in the presence of lithium. Neither the D1 receptor agonist SKF 38393 nor the D2 receptor agonist quinpirole, alone or in combination, had an effect on basal accumulation of inositol phosphates. The muscarinic receptor agonist carbachol produced a robust increase in the accumulation of inositol monophosphate and a smaller increase in the accumulation of inositol bisphosphate. These effects were not altered by the presence of quinpirole. Additionally, quinpirole also had no effect when assays were conducted in the presence of the muscarinic receptor antagonist scopolamine, the glutamic acid receptor antagonist kynurenic acid, and the antioxidant glutathione. These results are discussed in relation to recent contradictory reports and lend support to the position that D2 dopamine receptors are not coupled to phosphoinositide hydrolysis in rat striatum.
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