Postsynaptic dopamine (DA) receptor stimulator properties of the putative DA autoreceptor-selective agonist B-HT 920 uncovered by co-treatment with the D-1 agonist SK&F 38393

Psychopharmacology (Berl). 1987;93(4):534-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00207249.


Postsynaptic dopaminergic behavioural effects of D-2 agonists can be promoted by concomitant D-1 receptor activation. The present experiment explored whether such effects could be elicited by the putative autoreceptor-selective D-2 agonist B-HT 920, when combined with the D-1 agonist SK&F 38393. Except for occasional jerks induced by B-HT 920, neither agonist caused significant dopaminergic stimulation when given separately, whereas combined treatment with SK&F 38393 and B-HT 920 induced clear-cut motor activation--particularly focused stereotyped licking and sniffing--in reserpine/AMT-pretreated rats. Both the D-1 antagonist SCH 23390 and the D-2 antagonist spiperone abolished these effects, while the SK&F/B-HT-induced stimulation was not significantly affected by the alpha 2-blocker idazoxan. It appears that classical postsynaptic DA receptor-stimulatory properties of B-HT 920 can indeed be demonstrated, provided that sufficient D-1 receptor tone prevails.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 2,3,4,5-Tetrahydro-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-1H-3-benzazepine
  • Adrenergic alpha-Agonists / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Appetite Depressants / pharmacology*
  • Azepines / pharmacology*
  • Benzazepines / pharmacology*
  • Male
  • Motor Activity / drug effects
  • Rats
  • Receptors, Dopamine / drug effects*
  • Spiperone / pharmacology
  • Stereotyped Behavior / drug effects
  • Synapses / drug effects*


  • Adrenergic alpha-Agonists
  • Appetite Depressants
  • Azepines
  • Benzazepines
  • Receptors, Dopamine
  • Spiperone
  • 2,3,4,5-Tetrahydro-7,8-dihydroxy-1-phenyl-1H-3-benzazepine
  • talipexole