Quantitative autoradiography of M2 muscarinic receptors in the rat brain identified by using a selective radioligand [3H]AF-DX 116

Jian Xin Wang, William R. Roeske, Kumiko N. Hawkins, Donald R. Gehlert, Henry I. Yamamura

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Muscarinic receptors of the M2 type have been studied in the rat brain using quantitative autoradiography with the selective ligand, [3H]AF-DX 116. High specific binding of [3H]AF-DX 116 was found in areas such as laminae IV and V of the parietal cerebral cortex, thalamus and hypothalamus and dentate gyrus. Intermediate [3H]AF-DX 116 binding was found in the frontal cortex, hippocampus, caudate-putamen, nucleus accumbens, and claustrum as well as in certain brainstem nuclei such as the nucleus of the solitary tract and the dorsal motor nuclei of the vagus. In contrast, the accessory olfactory nucleus, globus pallidus and cerebellum contained very low concentrations of M2 receptors. The present study demonstrates a unique regional distribution of M2 receptors in the rat brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-326
Number of pages5
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 16 1989
Externally publishedYes



  • AF-DX 116
  • Central nervous system
  • M receptor
  • Regional distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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