Demonstration of [3H] diazepam binding to benzodiazepine receptors in vivo

M. J. Williamson, S. M. Paul, P. Skolnick

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Benzodiazepine receptors were labeled with [3H] diazepam following intravenous injection in rats. Binding of [3H] diazepam in vivo to rat forebrain membranes was displaceable by co-injection of clonazepam or the pharmacologically active enantiomers of two benzodiazepines, B9 and B10, but was not displaced by equal doses of the pharmacologically in-active enantiomers. Binding of [3H] diazepam in vivo was bserved in kidney, liver, and abdominal muscle, but was not stereospecifically diplaced in any peripheral tissue studied. The regional distribution of benzodiazepine receptors in brain was uneven, with specific [3H] diazepam binding being highest in the cerebral cortex and lowest in the ponsmedulla. Preliminary studies of the subcellular distribution of [3H] diazepam binding demonstrated highest specific binding to synaptosomal membranes. These data demonstrate the feasibility of labeling benzodiazepine receptors in rat brain in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1935-1940
Number of pages6
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 9 1978


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