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Autoradiographic comparison of [125I]LSD-labeled 5-HT2A receptor distribution in rat and guinea pig brain.

Although the density and distribution of 5-HT2A (5-hydroxytryptamine-2A) receptors is well established for rat brain, the 5-HT2A receptor distribution and density in guinea pig brain has not been extensively studied. In the present in vitro study, we have utilized 125I-lysergic acid diethylamide ([125I]LSD) to quantify and compare 5-HT2A receptor density in coronal sections of rat and guinea pig brain. Spiperone (1 microM) and sulpiride (1 microM) were used to displace [125I]LSD binding from 5-HT2A and D2 binding sites, respectively. Ligand binding was quantified by computer-aided image analysis densitometry (MCID). Similar to the rat, areas of highest specific 5-HT2A receptor binding (fmol/mg protein) in guinea pig brain included the claustrum and Layer 4 of the cerebral cortex. Significant binding was also found in remaining neocortical layers, islands of Calleja, caudate putamen, olfactory bulb, nucleus accumbens, and choroid plexus. While the rat brain exhibited a high level of specific binding in the tenia tecta and mammillary nuclei, little binding was observed in these regions in the guinea pig. In both rat and guinea pig, low specific binding was found in amygdaloid, thalamic, or cerebellar areas. These studies indicate a general similarity between 5-HT2A binding site distribution and relative density in guinea pig and rat brain but point to a few brain regions where significant differences exist.[1]


  1. Autoradiographic comparison of [125I]LSD-labeled 5-HT2A receptor distribution in rat and guinea pig brain. Watts, S.W., Gackenheimer, S.L., Gehlert, D.R., Cohen, M.L. Neurochem. Int. (1994) [Pubmed]
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