Chronic nicotine administration incrreases binding of [3H]Domperidone in rat nucleus accumbens

M. A. Reilly, E. P. Lapin, H. S. Maker, A. Lajtha

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An apparent inverse relationship between smoking and Parkinson's disease prompted and investigation of the effect of chronic nicotine administration on dopaminergic and serotonergic receptors in rat brain. Nicotine, 0.8 mg/kg, was injected once daily, five times per week, for 6 weeks. In nucleus accumbens the Kd for [3H]domperidone was increased 2–4‐fold, and the Bmax was increased 1.5–2‐fold. No changes were observed in the binding of [3H]domperidone in caudateputamen or in that of [3H]ketanserin in frontal cortex. It is concluded that chronic nicotine administration may have a suppressant effect on central nervous system release of dopamine that in pre‐parkinsonian persons causes an aversion to the effects of smoking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-625
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987


  • Parkinson's disease
  • dopamine receptors
  • nicotine


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