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Catechol-O-Methyltransferase Inhibition Increases the Uptake of 11C-3-(3,4-Dihydroxyphenyl)-L-Alanine in the Rat PancreasRead
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences. (Endokrin tumörbiologi)
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1996 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, ISSN 0036-5521, Vol. 31, no 12, 1216-1222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The objective of the present investigation was to evaluate the uptake and metabolism of 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-L-alanine) (L-DOPA) in the rat pancreas.


The procedure included intravenous injection of the positron-emitting radiotracer L-[beta-11C] DOPA (DOP) into unanaesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats and evaluation of uptake of radioactivity in organs in animals only given the tracer and in animals given therapeutic doses of three different catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors, OR-486, OR-611, or Ro 41-0960. Selected pancreati were homogenized, and the chemical form bearing the radioactivity was analysed with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).


The main finding was that the tracer uptake in the pancreas increased fourfold when the rats were pretreated with COMT inhibitors. Half maximum effect of OR-486 was found at a dose of 0.2 mg/kg. HPLC analysis showed that with COMT inhibitor, the radioactivity in the pancreas consisted of 90% DOPAC. When administering MAO-A and COMT inhibitor together, the pancreas radioactivity corresponded to dopamine. Also in the pig pancreas a significant increase of DOP was observed after COMT inhibition.


This study has shown a high turnover of L-DOPA in the rat pancreas, which can be modulated to give enhanced levels of DOPAC or dopamine by COMT and MAO inhibition.

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1996. Vol. 31, no 12, 1216-1222 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-149760PubMedID: 8976015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-149760DiVA: diva2:405506
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