Mario Giannella

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Age-dependent changes in the expression of muscarinic M1 and M2 cholinergic receptors were assessed in the CA1 and CA3 fields of hippocampus using radioligand binding and autoradiographic techniques with [3H]-pirenzepine and [3H]-AF-DX 116 as ligands. Male Wistar rats of 2 months (young), 12 months (adult) and 27 months (old) of age were examined.(More)
A total of 20 substituted analogues of nicotine (1a) and homoazanicotine (3a) were examined in order to determine whether or not they might bind in a similar manner at alpha4beta2 nicotinic acetylcholinergic (nACh) receptors. It was found that parallel structural changes in the two series resulted in parallel shifts in affinity. Evidence suggests that the(More)
Clonidine and benazoline are two structurally related imidazolines. Whereas clonidine binds both to alpha(2)-adrenoceptors (alpha(2)R) and to I(1) imidazoline receptors (I(1)R), benazoline showed a high selectivity for imidazoline receptors. Although the alpha(2)R are negatively coupled to adenylate cyclase, no effect on cAMP level by activation of I(1)R(More)
WB 4101-related benzodioxans 3-9 were synthesized, and their biological profiles at alpha(1)-adrenoreceptor subtypes and 5-HT(1A) serotoninergic receptors were assessed by binding assays in CHO and HeLa cells membranes expressing the human cloned receptors. Furthermore, receptor selectivity of selected benzodioxan derivatives was further determined in(More)
The organizers of the Camerino Receptor Symposia survey the development of receptorology. They trace the course from the first Symposium in 1978, which laid the foundation for Pirenzepine, the first selective muscarinic antagonist, to the 2010 Symposium, which highlighted the utility of functional simple domain antibodies (nanobodies) as novel G(More)
N-((6,6-diphenyl-1,4-dioxan-2-yl)methyl)-2-(2-methoxyphenoxy)ethan-1-amine (3) is a potent 5-HT1A receptor and α1d-adrenoceptor (α1d-AR) ligand. Analogues 5-10 were rationally designed and prepared to evaluate whether electronic and/or lipophilic properties of substituents in the ortho position of its phenoxy moiety exert any favorable effects on the(More)
The involvement of the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor (5-HT1A -R) in the antidepressant effect of allyphenyline and its analogues indicates that ligands bearing the 2-substituted imidazoline nucleus as a structural motif interact with 5-HT1A -R. Therefore, we examined the 5-HT1A -R profile of several imidazoline molecules endowed with a common scaffold(More)
Tolerance and dependence associated with chronic opioid exposure result from molecular, cellular, and neural network adaptations. Such adaptations concern opioid and nonopioid systems, including α2-adrenoceptors (α2-ARs) and I1- and I2-imidazoline binding sites (IBS). Agmatine, one of the hypothesized endogenous ligands of IBS, targeting several systems(More)
This study demonstrated that cyclomethyline (2) and the corresponding enantiomers (R)-(-)-2 and (S)-(+)-2, displaying α2C-adrenoreceptor (AR) agonism/α2A-AR antagonism, similarly to allyphenyline (1) and its enantiomers, significantly decreased the naloxone-precipitated withdrawal symptoms in mice at very low doses. It also highlighted that such positive(More)
Radioligand binding assay represents an important technique in pharmacological and pharmaceutical research for assessing the receptor profile of new drugs or of compounds under development. In this study, the pharmacological profile and the receptor specificity of compounds active on dopamine and muscarinic cholinergic receptor subtypes were evaluated using(More)