Serotonin receptor binding sites affected differentially by guanine nucleotides

S. J. Peroutka, R. M. Lebovitz, S. H. Snyder

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Guanosine triphosphate (GTP) and diphosphate (GDP) decrease the binding of the agonist [3H]serotonin (5-HT) to serotonin receptors in mammalian brain membranes. Binding of the antagonist [3H]spiroperidol is not affected by guanine nucleotides while the mixed agonist-antagonist [3H]lysergic acid diethylamide ([3H]LSD) is affected in an intermediate manner. GTP lowers the apparent affinity of [3H]5-HT for its receptors without changing the number of binding sites. Both the association and dissociation rates of [3H]5-HT are increased by GTP. The potency of 5-HT agonists in competing for [3H]5-HT but not [3H]LSD or [3H]spiroperidol binding sites is decreased by GTP. Competition by partial agonists and antagonists for [3H]5-HT binding sites is not affected by GTP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-708
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Pharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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