Subcellular distribution of high affinity [3H]imipramine binding and [3H]serotonin uptake in rat brain

Moshe Rehavi, Phil Skolnick, Steven M. Paul

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The binding of [3H]imipramine to various subcellular fractions of rat brain was investigated. Using sodium free buffer or 0.5 μM chlorimipramine to define nonspecific binding, the specific binding was found to be associated with the synaptosomal fraction, as was the uptake of [3H]serotonin. A significant quantity of 'displaceable' binding was observed in the myelin and nuclear fractions when 'specific' binding was defined using only one concentration of [3H]imipramine and a large molar excess of chlorimipramine. This 'pseudospecific' binding was of low affinity and was not affected by the presence or absence of sodium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 18 1983


  • High affinity sodium-dependent binding
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • [H]Imipramine binding to subcellular fractions
  • [H]Serotonin uptake


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