Reserpine-induced up-regulation of dopamine D2 receptors in the rat striatum is enhanced by denervation but not by chronic receptor blockade.

Journal Article

Compensatory increases in the density of dopamine (DA) D2 receptors in the rat striatum occur following chronic interruption of dopaminergic neurotransmission. Substantia nigra lesions, DA depletion with reserpine and D2 receptor blockade by neuroleptics increase the number of striatal D2 receptors as identified with the D2 ligand, [3H]spiperone [( 3H]SPIP). Chronic administration of haloperidol to substantia nigra-lesioned rats causes an additive increase in binding over levels obtained with one treatment alone. In this study we have found a similar response when lesioned animals are treated with reserpine. However, compensatory increases in the number of [3H]SPIP binding sites found after combined administration of reserpine and haloperidol to intact rats do not exceed levels obtained following administration of either drug alone. The data suggest that up-regulation of striatal D2 binding sites occurring after substantia nigra lesions is unique relative to other forms of up-regulation and may involve the loss of a presynaptic regulatory factor other than DA.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Traub, M; Reches, A; Wagner, HR; Fahn, S

Published Date

  • October 8, 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 245 - 249

PubMed ID

  • 2946007

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0304-3940

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland