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, 31 (2), 279-86

Phencyclidine Receptors and N-methyl-D-aspartate Antagonism: Electrophysiologic Data Correlates With Known Behaviours

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Phencyclidine Receptors and N-methyl-D-aspartate Antagonism: Electrophysiologic Data Correlates With Known Behaviours

D Martin et al. Pharmacol Biochem Behav.

Abstract

Using cortical wedges and isolated frog spinal cords, the potency of a series of psychoactive phencyclidine (PCP) and sigma receptor ligands as antagonists of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) has been compared with their potency in neurochemical and behavioural studies. Phencyclidine receptor, but not sigma or kappa, ligands were selective antagonists of NMDA on both preparations. Combination studies suggested that dissociative anaesthetics and sigma benzomorphans act at the same site. The relative potencies of the drugs as NMDA antagonists correlated well with their potency in PCP receptor binding studies in vitro and in PCP discrimination studies in vivo.

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