The Stanford University Sleep Disorders Center has established a colony of dogs affected with a genetically transmitted form of narcolepsy. We now propose extensive in vivo and in vitro pharmacological investigations utilizing this animal model in order to further understand the neurotransmitter defects in narcolepsy and to elaborate new therapeutic strategies for human narcolepsy.
The specific aims of this project are: * To study the effects of monoaminergic and muscarinic agonists and antagonists selective for receptor subtypes on canine cataplexy. * To study the binding properties of these agents in vitro and to correlate these properties with in vivo effects on canine cataplexy. * To study the influence of nighttime sleep on daytime canine cataplexy. Nighttime sleep will be manipulated by various alerting and hypnogenic drugs (especially those increasing REM sleep). A key variable will be the intensity of cataplexy on the following day. * To study the effect of prazosin (an alpha 1 antagonist) and yohimbine (an alpha 2 antagonist) on human narcoleptic patients.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01NS027710-03
Application #
3414110
Study Section
Neurology C Study Section (NEUC)
Project Start
1989-09-01
Project End
1992-08-31
Budget Start
1991-09-01
Budget End
1992-08-31
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
1991
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
Stanford University
Department
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
800771545
City
Stanford
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
94305
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