Rapid-eye-movement sleep deprivation decreases the density of 3H-dihydroalprenolol and 3H-imipramine binding sites in the rat cerebral cortex

Eur J Pharmacol. 1980 Jul 25;65(2-3):289-92. doi: 10.1016/0014-2999(80)90403-3.


The high affinity binding sites for 3H-imipramine (3H-IMI) and 3H-dihydroalprenolol (3H-DHA) in the rat cerebral cortex were studied after 2,4 48 and 72 h of rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep deprivation. Both the Kd and Bmax values for 3H-IMI and 3H-DHA binding remained unaffected after 24 or 48 h of REM sleep deprivation. After 72 or REM sleep deprivation there was a significant reduction in the Bmax for 3H-IMI and 3H-DHA binding with a concomitant increase in the apparent affinities. The reduction in high affinity 3H-IMI and 3H-dihydroalprenolol binding sites observed 72 h after REM sleep deprivation could be related to the antidepressant effects of REM sleep deprivation in man.

MeSH terms

  • Alprenolol / analogs & derivatives*
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • Cerebral Cortex / metabolism*
  • Dihydroalprenolol / metabolism*
  • Imipramine / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Rats
  • Sleep, REM / physiology*
  • Time Factors


  • Dihydroalprenolol
  • Alprenolol
  • Imipramine