(3H)-haloperidol and (3H)-spiroperidol binding studies after kainate injection into the striatum indicate the presence of dopamine receptive sites not located on post-synaptic membranes. The majority of these dopamine "receptors" which are not associated to an adenylate cyclase appear to be localized on terminals of cortico-striatal neurons. On the other hand sulpiride, an antipsychotic drug which increases striatal dopamine synthesis, does not inhibit dopamine-stimulated adenylate cyclase either in vitro or in vivo. However sulpiride stereospecifically displaces (3H)-haloperidol from striatal binding sites.
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