The sites for [3H]nicotine binding in fetal brains were examined after administration of nicotine into pregnant rats. Administration of unlabelled nicotine into the pregnant rats increased Bmax values for the sites for [3H]nicotine binding without affecting Kd values in the fetal brains. Treatment with this regimen, however, did not show any significant change in the sites for [3H]quinuclidinyl benzylate (QNB) binding. In addition, treatment with this regimen increased Bmax values of the sites for [3H]nicotine binding in the brains of pregnant rats. α-Bungarotoxin had no effect on the sites for [3H]nicotine binding. It is inferred, therefore, that a similar response is elicited by nicotine binding sites to administered nicotine in both the fetal and maternal brains. Furthermore, a possible effect of nicotine in pregnant rats may be the facilitation of the development of nicotine acetylcholine receptors in the fetal brain.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience|
|State||Published - 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Developmental Biology