Pirenzepine, a potent antimuscarinic agent with apparent selectivity for a subtype (M1) of muscarinic receptors, was used in tritiated form to characterize its binding to human brain tissue. Specific [3H]pirenzepine binding showed rapid association and dissociation. From kinetic and competitive binding experiments, its K(D) was 5.5 nM and 9 nM, respectively. Regional distribution of [3H]pirenzepine binding determined in parallel with [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate binding, a nonselective muscarinic antagonist, indicated a significant correlation for the maximum number of binding sites for the two radio-ligands in 13 brain regions, with the highest amount of binding for each in the putamen and the least in the cerebellum. Binding for [3H]pirenzepine averaged 57% of that for [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate, with a range of 20% (cerebellum) to 77% (frontal cortex). Most antidepressants and neuroleptics tested had affinities for [3H]pirenzepine binding sites that were not significantly different from their previously reported values obtained with the use of [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Neurochemistry|
|State||Published - 1986|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience