The effect of in vitro and in vivo ethanol administration on [35S]t-Butylbicyclophosphorothionate binding in C57 mice

R. Thyagarajan, M. K. Ticku

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Previous studies have shown that ethanol may produce some of its effects by facilitation of GABAergic transmission. One of the potential sites of drug action at the GABA receptor complex is the picrotoxin site, which can be studied with [35S]t-butylbicyclophosphorothionate (TBPS). Ethanol inhibited the binding of [35S]TBPS to C57 mice brain regions in vitro. This inhibition appears to be noncompetitive since ethanol decreased the Bmax and not the KD value of [35S]TBPS. C57 mice were chronically treated with ethanol in liquid diet to determine if the sensitivity of TBPS binding is altered following chronic treatment or during withdrawal. Chronic treatment with ethanol and during withdrawal did not alter the KD or Bmax values of [35S]TBS binding in C57 mice brain regions. It is suggested that the sensitivity of picrotoxin site on the oligomeric GABA receptor complex is not altered during ethanol tolerance or withdrawal. The effects of ethanol on GABA system may be mediated by its interaction with the coupling mechanism(s) or a direct effect on the chloride channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-345
Number of pages3
JournalBrain Research Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1985


  • Ethanol
  • GABA receptors complex
  • Picrotoxin site
  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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