Dopamine receptor binding: Differentiation of agonist and antagonist states with 3H-dopamine and 3H-haloperidol

Ian Creese, David R. Burt, Solomon H. Snyder

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3H-Dopamine and 3H-haloperidol bind with high affinity and selectivity to synaptic dopamine receptors in membrane preparations of the calf caudate. Binding of both ligands shows marked regional variations with greatest density in caudate, putamen, globus pallidus, nucleus accumbens and olfactory tubercle, areas rich in dopamine nerve terminals. The rank-order of phenothiazines and related agents as well as catecholamines in displacing both dopamine and haloperidol binding closely parallels their pharmacological potencies and affinities for the dopamine-sensitive adenylate cyclase. Dopamine's affinity for specific 3H-dopamine binding sites is 100 times its apparent affinity for the dopamine sensitive adenylate cyclase. Agonists have about 50 times more affinity for dopamine than haloperidol sites, whereas antagonists display about 100 times greater affinity for haloperidol than dopamine sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)993-1001
Number of pages9
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 15 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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