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Metal-Based Drugs
Volume 3 (1996), Issue 3, Pages 123-130

"In Vivo" Effects of Lithium Sulphate on the Turnover of Rat Tissue Nucleotides

1Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “luliu Hatieganu”, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2Department of Biochemistry, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, str.Mănăştur 3, Cluj-Napoca 3400, Romania

Received 31 January 1996; Accepted 17 April 1996

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The effects of lithium sulphate following acute administration to Wistar rats - in therapeutic and toxic doses - were investigated, using as markers the levels and turnover of brain, kidney and liver nucleotides. Adenine- and guanine-dependent nucleotides were assayed concomitantly, using a high- performance liquid chromatographic method. Following acute administration, lithium's effects on 3’,5’- cAMP levels were more significant at hepatic and cerebral level, in a dose-dependant manner. The effect on 3’,5’-cGMP had tissue specificity and was not dose-dependant. It might be possible that 3’,5’-cGMP is a better indicator of lithium toxicity than 3’,5’-cAMP.