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Reduced striatal ecto-nucleotidase activity in schizophrenia patients supports the "adenosine hypothesis"
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PMID:  23771238     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Schizophrenia (SZ) is a major chronic neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by a hyperdopaminergic state. The hypoadenosinergic hypothesis proposes that reduced extracellular adenosine levels contribute to dopamine D2 receptor hyperactivity. ATP, through the action of ecto-nucleotidases, constitutes a main source of extracellular adenosine. In the present study, we examined the activity of ecto-nucleotidases (NTPDases, ecto-5'-nucleotidase, and alkaline phosphatase) in the postmortem putamen of SZ patients (n = 13) compared with aged-matched controls (n = 10). We firstly demonstrated, by means of artificial postmortem delay experiments, that ecto-nucleotidase activity in human brains was stable up to 24 h, indicating the reliability of this tissue for these enzyme determinations. Remarkably, NTPDase-attributable activity (both ATPase and ADPase) was found to be reduced in SZ patients, while ecto-5'-nucleotidase and alkaline phosphatase activity remained unchanged. In the present study, we also describe the localization of these ecto-enzymes in human putamen control samples, showing differential expression in blood vessels, neurons, and glial cells. In conclusion, reduced striatal NTPDase activity may contribute to the pathophysiology of SZ, and it represents a potential mechanism of adenosine signalling impairment in this illness.
Authors:
Elisabet Aliagas; Izaskun Villar-Menéndez; Jean Sévigny; Mercedes Roca; Miriam Romeu; Isidre Ferrer; Mireia Martín-Satué; Marta Barrachina
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-6-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Purinergic signalling     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-9546     ISO Abbreviation:  Purinergic Signal.     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
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Created Date:  2013-6-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101250499     Medline TA:  Purinergic Signal     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute-IDIBELL, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain.
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