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Inhibition of ornithine decarboxylase alters neurological responsiveness to a tremorigen.

  • Author(s): Tilson, HA
  • Emerich, D
  • Bondy, SC
  • et al.
Abstract

Difluoromethylornithine (DFMO), an inhibitor of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC; 200-800 mg/kg, s.c.), to rats has no detectable behavioral effects using a battery of tests to assess sensorimotor function. In contrast, the induction of tremor by chlordecone, a neurotoxic agent that affects neuronal ionic processes, is significantly attenuated by pretreatment with DFMO. The effects of DFMO on chlordecone-induced tremor were reversed by pretreatment with putrescine. DFMO had no effects on p,p'-DDT, a tremorigen having a mechanism of action different from chlordecone. These findings imply that polyamines may play a role in select neuronal processes.

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