The density of GABAB binding sites in the substantia nigra is greater in rat pups than in adults

Douglas Garant, Ellen Sperber, Solomon Moshé

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Abstract

Baclofen-displaced [3H]GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid) binding to GABAB sites was assayed in brain regions obtained from adult and 14- to 17-day-old rats. The substantia nigra of rat pups exhibited a 3- to 5-fold higher density (Bmax) of GABAB binding sites than the nigra of adult rats. In contrast, the density of GABAB sites was lower in hippocampal and cerebellar tissue from pups, both approximately two-thirds the density in corresponding adult structures. This anatomically selective overproduction of GABAB receptors in immature substantia nigra is consistent with the increased anticonvulsant efficacy of the GABAB agonist baclofen observed in rat pups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Volume214
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 7 1992

Keywords

  • (Rat)
  • Baclofen
  • GABA (γ-aminobutyric acid)
  • GABA receptors
  • Substantia nigra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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