Catherine Pilon

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We have identified 7-[3H]hydroxy-N,N-di-n-propyl-2-aminotetralin ([3H]7-OH-DPAT) as a selective probe for the recently cloned dopamine D3 receptor and used it to assess the presence of this receptor and establish its distribution and properties in brain. In transfected Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, it binds to D3 receptors with subnanomolar affinity,(More)
A polyclonal antibody was generated using synthetic peptides designed in a specific sequence of the rat D(3) receptor (D(3)R). Using transfected cells expressing recombinant D(3)R, but not D(2) receptor, this antibody labeled 45-80 kDa species in Western blot analysis, immunoprecipitated a soluble fraction of [(125)I]iodosulpride binding, and generated(More)
Two cell lines were created by transfecting cDNAs of the human D2 receptor or the recently cloned human D3 receptor to CHO cells, and the properties of [125I]iodosulpride binding to membranes of these cells were compared. In cell lines expressing the D2 receptor subtype where the selectable marker, a phleomycin-resistance gene, was cotransfected in a(More)
The D3 dopamine receptor, a D2-like receptor, is selectively expressed in the ventral striatum, particularly in the shell of nucleus accumbens and islands of Calleja, where it is found in medium sized substance P neurons. The latter co-express the D1 receptor whose interaction with the D3 receptor was studied by treating rats with selective agonists and(More)
The functional potency of a series of dopamine agonists for increasing mitogenesis, measured by incorporation of [3H]thymidine, was established in transfected cell lines expressing human D2 or D3 receptors. The functional selectivity of agonists markedly differs from their binding selectivity. (+)7-OH-DPAT, pramipexole, quinerolane and PD 128,907, the most(More)
We have explored the role of endogenous dopamine in the control of histaminergic neuron activity in mouse brain regions evaluated by changes in tele-methylhistamine (t-MeHA) levels. In vitro, methamphetamine released [(3)H]noradrenaline but failed to release [(3)H]histamine from synaptosomes. In vivo, methamphetamine enhanced t-MeHA levels by about 2-fold(More)
Understanding the actions of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain is important in view of its roles in neuropsychiatric illnesses. Dopamine D1 receptors, which stimulate both adenylyl cyclase and phospholipase C, and D2 receptors, which inhibit them, can nevertheless act synergistically to produce many electrophysiological and behavioral responses.(More)
The D(3) receptor may represent an important target for antipsychotic drugs which all bind with high affinity and do not induce upon repeated administration either tolerance or receptor upregulation. The D(3) receptor is localized in brain areas, namely the nucleus accumbens and cerebral cortex, implicated in neural circuits believed to display defective(More)
A novel dopamine receptor has been recently cloned, which differs from D1 and D2 receptors by its sequence, localization, pharmacology and possibly signalling system, hence its designation as D3 receptor. The D3 receptor cDNA was obtained by a combination of screenings of DNA libraries and PCR polymerase chain reaction experiments. It encodes a protein with(More)
DNA fragments from a genomic library were used to establish the partial structure of the human dopamine D3 receptor gene (DRD3). Its coding sequence contains 6 exons and stretches over 40,000 base pairs. The complete DRD3 transcript and three shorter variants, in which the second and/or third exon are deleted, were detected in similar proportions in brains(More)