Caudate catecholamine release was monitored by bilateral in vivo electrochemical electrodes in male Sprague-Dawley rats trained to circle for sucrose/water reward. Baseline release of dopamine was equal from both sides of caudate. When reinforced circling began, 33 ± 4 percent greater catechol release occured from the caudate contralateral to the circling direction. As turning subsided, differential release returned to basal levels. Further evidence that the catecholamine metabolism was affected by turning was obtained by direct measurement of caudate dopamine and DOPAC at selected time points. Concentration data showed relative increases in dopamine and DOPAC in the contralateral caudate. These data provide evidence that dopamine is released asymmetrically from caudate in unlesioned rats during voluntary behavior.
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