The binding of [3H]spiperone has been examined in membranes derived from different regions of bovine brain. In caudate nucleus, nucleus accumbens, olfactory tubercle and putamen binding is to D2 dopamine and 5HT2 serotonin receptors, whereas in cingulate cortex only serotonin 5HT2 receptor binding can be detected. D2 dopamine receptors were examined in detail in caudate nucleus, olfactory tubercle and putamen using [3H]spiperone binding in the presence of 0.3 microM-mianserin (to block 5HT2 serotonin receptors). No evidence for heterogeneity among D2 dopamine receptors either between brain regions or within a brain region was found from the displacements of [3H]spiperone binding by a range of antagonists, including dibenzazepines and substituted benzamides. Regulation of agonist binding by guanine nucleotides did, however, differ between regions. In caudate nucleus a population of agonist binding sites appeared resistant to guanine nucleotide regulation, whereas this was not the case in olfactory tubercle and putamen.
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