Journal article

Characterisation of GABA(A) receptors in fetal, neonatal and adult ovine brain: region and age related changes and the effects of allopregnanolone.

KJ Crossley, DW Walker, PM Beart, JJ Hirst

Neuropharmacology | Published : 2000


Progesterone metabolites acting via GABA(A) receptors suppress central nervous system (CNS) activity. The aim of the present study was to examine binding characteristics of GABA(A) receptors in fetal, newborn and adult sheep brains using [(35)S]TBPS, and to determine the effects of allopregnanolone on this binding. Receptor affinity (K(D)) and density (B(MAX)) in the brainstem were not different in fetal, newborn (1-2 days old) and adult brains. In the hypothalamus K(D) and B(MAX) increased significantly in the fetus between 85 and 128 days gestation, and were then similar to postnatal and adult values. In the frontal cortex K(D) and B(MAX) increased progressively between 85 days and term ( ..

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