The content and turnover of dopamine, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and norepinephrine have been investigated in the superior cervical, coeliac and mesenteric ganglia of rats exposed to moderate normobaric hypoxia (10% O2in N2) lasting for 2-28 days. The turnover was estimated by the decrease in amine contents after inhibition of catecholamine biosynthesis with α-methyl-p-tyrosine. In all 3 sympathetic ganglia, long-term hypoxia elicited a sustained increase in the content and turnover of dopamine. In contrast, the content and turnover of norepinephrine remained unchanged, except for a moderate increase in the coeliac ganglion after 14 and 28 days of hypoxia. These results suggest that the dopamine and norepinephrine pools in ganglia have a different functional significance and that rat sympathetic ganglia contain a pool of dopamine specifically sensitive to long-term hypoxia. © 1988.
Dalmaz, Y., Pequignot, J. M., Tavitian, E., Cottet-Emard, J. M., & Peyrin, L. (1988). Long-term hypoxia increases the turnover of dopamine but not norepinephrine in rat sympathetic ganglia. Journal of the Autonomic Nervous System, 24(1–2), 57–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/0165-1838(88)90135-X