Journal article

Tyrosine depletion alters cortical and limbic blood flow but does not modulate spatial working memory performance or task-related blood flow in humans

Kathryn A Ellis, Mitul A Mehta, PJ Naga Venkatesha Murthy, Sarah FB McTavish, Pradeep J Nathan, Paul M Grasby

HUMAN BRAIN MAPPING | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

Dopamine appears critical in regulating spatial working memory (SWM) within the PFC of non-human primates; however findings in humans are less clear. Recent studies of the effects of global depletion of dopamine via acute tyrosine/phenylalanine depletion (TPD) on SWM task performance have yielded inconsistent results, which may be partly related to task differences. These previous studies do not address whether TPD can directly impair PFC functioning. The current study investigated the effects of TPD on (1) regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) during a SWM n-back task using H(2) (15)O Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and (2) behavioural performance on three different SWM tasks. Ten healthy..

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