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Release of ethanolamine, but not of serine or choline, in rat pontine nuclei on stimulation of afferents from the cortex, in vivo.
Journal of Neurochemistry
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov'tPublication Status: ppublish
Release of ethanolamine, serine, and choline in rat pontine nuclei on electrical stimulation of afferents from the cortex was investigated using in vivo push-pull cannula techniques. Ethanolamine was determined by using gas chromatographic techniques; serine was measured with a HPLC system; and choline was assayed with a luminescence method. Resting elution rates of ethanolamine, serine, and choline were 50.8 +/- 8.4, 34.8 +/- 12.6, and 1.16 +/- 0.20 pmol/5 min, respectively. Stimulation of the cortico-pontine tract evoked a highly significant 3.4-fold increase in release of ethanolamine, whereas serine and choline release was unaffected. Reactions in membrane phospholipids are most likely involved in the stimulation-dependent release of ethanolamine and special consideration was given to base-exchange reactions. Alternatively, a release from intracellular, possibly synaptic stores cannot be excluded.
Afferent Pathways/physiology, Animals, Cerebral Cortex/physiology, Choline/metabolism, Electric Stimulation, Ethanolamine, Ethanolamines/metabolism, Female, Kinetics, Male, Mesencephalon/physiology, Pons/physiology, Rats, Rats, Inbred Strains, Serine/metabolism
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