Presynaptic alpha 2- and postsynaptic beta-adrenoceptor sensitivity in slices of rat neocortex after chronic treatment with various antidepressant drugs

A N Schoffelmeer, E M Hoorneman, P Sminia, A H Mulder

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The effect of chronic (4 weeks) treatment of rats with the antidepressant drugs desipramine, maprotiline, chlorimipramine, zimelidine or iprindol on the sensitivity of presynaptic alpha 2- and postsynaptic beta-adrenoceptors in neocortical slices was investigated. Acute (1 day) treatment with the antidepressants did not affect the efflux of cyclic-AMP induced by isoprenaline (1 microM) from neocortical slices, while after chronic treatment the efflux of cyclic AMP was consistently reduced. Following acute administration the electrically-evoked release of [3H]noradrenaline (NA) from radiolabelled cortical slices remained unchanged. Upon chronic treatment with desipramine the release of [3H]NA was enhanced by about 45%. In contrast, after chronic treatment with maprotiline or chlorimipramine the electrically-evoked release of [3H]NA was not affected, whereas release was even slightly reduced after chronic administration of zimelidine or iprindol. In all cases, however, a similar inhibitory effect of exogenous NA (0.1 microM) on the release of [3H]NA was found. These data indicate that the desensitization of postsynaptic beta-adrenoceptors in rat brain after chronic treatment with antidepressant drugs is not paralleled by a reduction of presynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptor sensitivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-9
Number of pages5
Issue number2A
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1984

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