In vitro receptor autoradiography with [3H]sulpiride (a selective D-2 antagonist) was used to assess the effect of 6-hydroxydopamine and ibotenic acid lesions of the caudate-putamen and substantia nigra pars compacta on D-2 dopamine receptors in rat brain. A marked reduction in [3H]sulpiride binding within the pars compacta of the substantia nigra resulted from lesions of the substantia nigra compacta with either toxin, while substantial reduction in binding within the caudate-putamen followed only ibotenate lesions of that structure. Since (-)sulpiride is a selective D-2 antagonist, these data confirm that autoreceptors on nigral DA neurons are of the D-2 type, while a portion of D-2 receptors in the caudate-putamen are postsynaptic on striatal neurons.
- D-2 dopamine receptors
- Ibotenic acid
- Substantia nigra
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience