D2-family receptor distribution in human postmortem tissue: an autoradiographic study

Neuroreport. 1995 Dec 15;6(18):2505-12. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199512150-00015.


The distribution throughout the normal human brain of the dopamine D2-family of receptors were investigated autoradiographically. Three ligands were used, [3H]-YM-09151-2 to define the D2, D3, D4 receptors; [3H]raclopride the D2 D3 receptors; and [3H](+)-7-OH-DPAT, in the presence of GTP, demonstrates D3 distribution. [3H]-YM-09151-2 and [3H]raclopride binding were highest in caudate (121 vs 130 fmol mg(-1)), putamen (96 vs 136 fmol mg(-1)), and nucleus accumbens (113 vs 120 fmol mg(-1)). [3H]-YM-09151-2 also displayed significant binding in several cortical areas (56-39 fmol mg(-1)) and hippocampus (27 fmol mg-1). [3H](+)-7-OH-DPAT was highest in the nucleus accumbens. Based upon the ligands properties it is inferred that D2 distribution is highest in putamen, caudate and nucleus accumbens; D3 in the nucleus accumbens; D4 receptor in cortical areas and hippocampus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Autoradiography
  • Binding, Competitive
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Clozapine / pharmacology
  • Hippocampus / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Postmortem Changes
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2 / drug effects
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2 / metabolism*
  • Thalamus / metabolism
  • Tissue Distribution


  • Receptors, Dopamine D2
  • Clozapine