Journal article

ASSESSMENT OF THE ANTI-DEPRESSANT ACTIVITY OF DOTHIEPIN AND ITS METABOLITES BY PRE-CLINICAL TESTS

A FULTON, TR NORMAN, H CHENG, GD BURROWS

JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1982

Abstract

The affinities of dothiepin and its principal metabolites northiaden, dothiepin sulphoxide and northiaden sulphoxide for [3H]imipramine binding sites in the rat cortical homogenates, and for [3H]spiperone and [3H]serotonin receptor sites in preparations from the rat frontal cortex and hippocampus were studied. As inhibitors of [3H]imipramine binding, the strengths of the drugs are, in terms of their IC50 (concentration corresponding to 50% inhibition): dothiepin 2.8 X 10(-6) M, northiaden 5.0 X 10(-6) M, northiaden sulphoxide 4.0 X 10(-5) M and dothiepin sulphoxide 3.2 X 10(-5) M. The potencies of the drugs in inhibiting serotonergic binding followed a similar trend. Using frontal cortical t..

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