David J. McManus

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The effects of long-term (28-day) administration of several antidepressant/antipanic drugs [imipramine, desipramine, tranylcypromine and phenelzine (PLZ)] on gamma-aminobutyric acid-tranaminase (GABA-T) activity and GABA levels were investigated in rat frontal cortex. Of the drugs investigated, only PLZ inhibited GABA-T and elevated GABA levels. Additional(More)
The MAO inhibitor phenelzine (2-phenylethylhydrazine; PLZ) is used widely in psychiatry for the treatment of depression and panic disorder. Its N-acetyl metabolite, N2-acetylphenelzine (N2AcPLZ) is a reasonably potent nonselective inhibitor of monoamine oxidase (MAO) that causes elevation in brain levels of the biogenic amines. In the studies reported here,(More)
The effects of chronic administration of antidepressant drugs on beta-adrenergic and gamma-amino-butyric acid (GABA)B receptors have been assessed with radioligand binding. Tricyclics [imipramine (IMI), 30 mg/kg/day, and desmethylimipramine (DMI), 10 mg/kg day] or monoamine oxidase inhibitors [(+/-)-tranylcypromine (TCP), 1 mg/kg/day, and phenelzine (PLZ),(More)
1. The effects of chronic administration of five antidepressant drugs on the benzodiazepine and 5-HT2A binding sites in the same rat brain were assessed. 2. Clomipramine, desipramine, maprotiline, fluoxetine, and phenelzine (all 10 mg/kg/day) were administered s.c. for 21 days by Alzet osmotic minipumps. 3. Results showed that none of the drugs changed the(More)
Effects of chronic administration of antidepressant drugs on beta-adrenoceptor function were assessed. Tricyclics (imipramine 30 mg/kg/day, desipramine 5 and 10 mg/kg/day) and monoamine oxidase inhibitors [(+/-)-tranylcypromine 1 mg/kg/day, phenelzine 5 and 10 mg/kg/day] were administered to Male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 8), via Alzet 2ML2 osmotic minipumps(More)
The effects of chronic administration of antidepressant drugs (28 days SC via Alzet 2ML4 osmotic minipumps) on the functional sensitivity of β-adrenergic and GABA receptors have been assessed. Phenelzine (10 mg/kg), tranylcypromine (1 mg/kg), imipramine (30 mg/kg) and desmethylimipramine (10 mg/kg) attenuated the motor-suppressant effects of salbutamol (3(More)
1. The effects of age and of chronic antidepressant treatment on [3H]tryptamine and [3H]dihydroalprenolol binding site density were measured in brain cortical membranes from male Sprague-Dawley rats. 2. The density but not the affinity of [3H]tryptamine binding sites was increased in 18-month-old rats relative to 3-month-old rats. Neither the density nor(More)
1. The effects of chronic administration of five antidepressant drugs on the benzodiazepine and 5-HT2A binding sites in the same rat brain were assessed. 2. Clomipramine, desipramine, maprotiline, fluoxetine, and phenelzine (all 10 mg/kg/day) were administered s.c. for 21 days by Alzet osmotic minipumps. 3. Results showed that none of the drugs changed the(More)
A series of experiments were conducted to investigate the role of dopamine (DA) D1 and D2 receptor subtypes in stimulant-conditioned locomotion in rats. Expt. 1 demonstrated that locomotion could be induced by a testing situation when that situation was previously paired with (+)-amphetamine (1.5 mg/kg, s.c.) or a D2 receptor selective agonist (PHNO, 15 or(More)
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