Muscarinic cholinergic binding in rat brain

H. I. Yamamura, S. H. Snyder

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Binding sites with high affinity and specificity for [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate (QNB) are present in homogenates of rat brain. The characteristics of the binding sites resemble those of muscarinic cholinergic receptors. Specific binding is saturable with respect to [3H]QNB and tissue concentration and is time, temperature, and pH dependent. The bimolecular rate of association (2.0 x 108 M-1 min-1) and dissociation (1.2 x 10-2 min-1) at 35°C indicate a dissociation constant of 60 pM and a density of 65 pmol/g of brain. Muscarinic antagonists and agonists displace specific [3H]QNB binding, while nicotinic and noncholinergic drugs possess little affinity for [3H]QNB binding sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1725-1729
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1974

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