Zhu JP, Xu W, Angulo JA (2006) Distinct mechanisms mediating methamphetamine-induced neuronal apoptosis and dopamine terminal damage share the neuropeptide substance p in the striatum of mice. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1074:135-148. doi: 10.1196/annals.1369.013 PMID: 17105911
Objective: To investigate the mechanism by which substance P mediates METH-induced damage.
Summary: The authors propose that substance P mediates the apoptosis of some striatal neurons via the intrastriatal activation of nitric oxide synthesis. Substance P may also mediate damage of the dopamine terminals via an extrastriatal mechanism involving the substantia nigra and cortical glutamate release.
Usage: Mice were given intrastriatal injections of SSP-SAP (4ng/mcl). Saporin was used as control.