Up-regulation of brain nicotinic receptors (nAChRs) by chronic nicotine treatment has chiefly been demonstrated by in vitro binding assays. Here, we report that up-regulation of nAChRs in CD-1 mice can be detected using a specific in vivo radioligand for nAChRs, [125I]IPH. After 10 days of (-)- nicotine administration, male and female mice demonstrated a significant elevation of [125I]IPH binding in all brain regions studied. [125I]IPH uptake also displayed significant gender differences with male animals showing a more pronounced increase in [125I]IPH accumulation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Sep 1 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience