, Volume 109, Issue 4, pp 410–414 | Cite as

Increased [3H] raclopride binding sites in postmortem brains from schizophrenic violent suicide victims

  • Javier Ruiz
  • Ane M. Gabilondo
  • J. Javier Meana
  • Jesús A. García-Sevilla
Original Investigations


The specific binding of the D2-dopamine receptor antagonist radioligand [3H] raclopride was quantitated in the postmortem caudate and frontal cortex from schizophrenic suicide victims and control subjects. In schizophrenic suicides the density of binding sites (Bmax) was higher (40%,P<0.05) in the caudate, whereas it did not change in the cortex as compared to those in controls. The apparent dissociation constants (K d ) were also found increased both in caudate (24%) and cortex (75%) from schizophrenics, but these apparent decreases in receptor affinity did not reach statistical significance. The mean Bmax value in drug-free schizophrenic suicides (n=3) did not differ from the Bmax value in neuroleptic drug-treated schizophrenics (n=7) but it was found increased in respect to control subjects (n=9). No differences in [3H] raclopride binding were observed between non-schizophrenic suicide victims (n=4) and matched controls (n=4), suggesting that the modifications of D2-dopamine receptors in schizophrenia are not related to suicide.

Key words

Schizophrenic suicides Human brain D2-dopamine receptors [3H] raclopride 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Javier Ruiz
    • 1
  • Ane M. Gabilondo
    • 1
  • J. Javier Meana
    • 1
  • Jesús A. García-Sevilla
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyUniversity of the Basque CountryLeroaBizkaia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Neuropharmacology, Department of Fundamental Biology and Health SciencesUniversity of the Balearic IslandsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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