Effect of repeated treatment with antidepressant drugs and electroconvulsive shock (ECS) on the D2 dopaminergic receptor turnover in the rat brain

Pharmacol Toxicol. 1991 Aug;69(2):87-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0773.1991.tb01277.x.


The effect of repeated treatment with citalopram, (+)oxaprotiline, (-)oxaprotiline, imipramine and ECS on the turnover of dopamine D2 receptors in the rat brain was measured using an N-ethoxycarbonyl-2-ethoxy-1,2-dihydroquinoline (EEDQ)-induced irreversible receptor inactivation method. Repeated treatment with citalopram and ECS, but not with (+) and (-) enantiomers of oxaprotiline and imipramine, significantly decreased the turnover of D2 receptors in the striatum. Neither of the applied repeated treatments changed the turnover of D2 receptors in the limbic system. The results suggest that changes in the turnover of D2 dopamine receptors in striatum may participate in the mechanism of antidepressant action of ECS and citalopram, but not that of (+) or (-)oxaprotiline or imipramine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antidepressive Agents / pharmacology*
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Corpus Striatum / metabolism
  • Electroshock
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Receptors, Dopamine / drug effects
  • Receptors, Dopamine / metabolism*


  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Receptors, Dopamine