THIOMUSCIMOL, A NEW PHOTOAFFINITY LABEL FOR THE GABA(A) RECEPTOR
M NIELSEN, MR WITT, B EBERT, P KROGSGAARDLARSEN
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY-MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY SECTION | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 1995
Thiomuscimol inhibits [3H]muscimol binding to brain GABAA receptors. Exposure of Ag(+)-treated membrane preparations to UV radiation at 254 nm for 40 min in the presence of thiomuscimol (10(-5) M) produced a 20-30% irreversible decrease in high-affinity [3H]muscimol binding sites. The photoaffinity labeling of thiomuscimol was inhibited by GABA (10(-4) M) added prior to exposure to UV light. The data show that thiomuscimol can label the GABAA receptor site and that the ligand can be used as a photoaffinity label for purification and identification of GABA binding sites within the GABAA receptor complex.