Roessner V, Sagvolden T, Dasbanerjee T, Middleton FA, Faraone SV, Walaas SI et al. Methylphenidate normalizes elevated dopamine transporter densities in an animal model of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder combined type, but not to the same extent in one of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder inattentive type. Neuroscience 167: 1183-1191

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Goettingen, Germany.
Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 3.36). 03/2010; 167(4):1183-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2010.02.073
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The spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR/NCrl) is a validated model of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) combined subtype, whereas a recently identified substrain of the Wistar Kyoto rat (WKY/NCrl) is a model of ADHD inattentive subtype. In this study, we first examined the expression of genes involved in dopamine signaling and metabolism in the dorsal striatum and ventral mesencephalon of these two rat strains, as well as three reference control strains (WKY/NHsd, WK/HanTac, and SD/NTac) using quantitative real time RT-PCR. Next, striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) density was determined by ligand binding assay in the two ADHD-like strains at different developmental stages and after methylphenidate treatment. In adult rats, the mRNA expression of DAT and tyrosine hydroxylase was elevated in SHR/NCrl and WKY/NCrl rats compared to control strains, with differences between SHR/NCrl and WKY/NCrl rats also evident. During normal development, changes of striatal DAT densities occurred in both strains with lower densities in WKY/NCrl compared to SHR/NCrl after day 25. Two-weeks methylphenidate treatment during different developmental stages was associated with decreased striatal DAT density in both rat strains compared to the non-treated rats with more pronounced effects followed prepubertal treatment. These results suggest differences in the pathophysiology of the combined versus the predominantly inattentive animal model of ADHD. Finally, treatment with methylphenidate might reduce elevated DAT levels more effectively in the combined subtype especially when applied before puberty.

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    • "Elevated DAT density has been observed in untreated children and adults with ADHD (Spencer et al. 2005; Krause 2008; Weiss et al. 2003) and also in adolescent SHR (Roessner et al. 2010). The ability of methylphenidate to reduce high DAT density in SHR (Roessner et al. 2010; Simchon et al. 2010) as well as in Fig. 4 Inhibition of dopamine (DA) or norepinephrine (NE) uptake by oroxylin A, methylphenidate or atomoxetine. Cells were incubated with uptake buffer containing [ 3 H]DA or [ 3 H]NE and DA (a) or NE (b) uptake was measured for 5 min after treatment with oroxylin A, methylphenidate or atomoxetine for 30 min 138 S. Y. Yoon et al. individuals with ADHD (Vles et al. 2003) has been considered as a potential mechanism underlying the beneficial effects of this drug. "
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