The time course of [3H]spiperone distribution in the three major pools (specifically and non-specifically membrane-bound and soluble) of different brain areas, was studied in rats given a tracer amount of the drug. In addition, the stereospecificity, dissociation kinetics and pharmacological nature of the in vivo bound [3H]spiperone were investigated. The data show that [3H]spiperone binding sites in the striatum, olfactory tubercles and hypophysis differ clearly from those of the cortical regions. In the prevalently dopaminergic areas the amount of ligand bound to membranes is, up to 24 h post-treatment, proportional to the total 3H present. However a more correct analysis of the data was obtained in all the experiments when membrane-bound was measured instead of total radioactivity. Thus assay of the in vivo specifically bound [3H]spiperone appears essential for a correct evaluation of the density, affinity, regional distribution, pharmacological nature and kinetics of the drug-receptor interaction.
- Brain receptors
- [H]Spiperone binding
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience