An electrophysiological study of D2 dopaminergic actions in normal human retina: A tool in Parkinson's disease

Paolo Stanzione, Raimondo Traversa, Mariangela Pierantozzi, Roberta Semprini, Maria Grazia Marciani, Giorgio Bernardi

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Abstract

A peculiar deficit of electrophysiological retinal responses to pattern reversal grating stimuli has been reported in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. A similar abnormality has been reproduced by means of non-selective dopaminergic antagonists in normal humans. Aim of this study was to verify, by means of a selective D2 antagonist (sulpiride) administered to normal subjects, whether a D2 blockade affects the visual electrophysiological performances with the same trend as observed in PD patients. Pattern electroretinogram (PERG) responses to 1 cycle per degree (c/d) of spatial frequency at 1 (transient) and 7.5 (steady state) Hz of temporal modulation of a square-wave grating pattern reversal have been recorded in 19 healthy volunteers before and after the administration of 100 mg i.m. of sulpiride. The data are consistent for the following conclusion: a selective D2 antagonist reduces steady state and delays transient retinal responses as expected for a PD mimicking agent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume140
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 8 1992

Keywords

  • Dopamine
  • Dopamine D receptor
  • Normal human
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Pattern electroretinogram
  • Retina
  • Sulpiride

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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