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Eur J Pharmacol. 2003 Jul 18;473(1):35-40.

In vivo receptor occupancy of mGlu5 receptor antagonists using the novel radioligand [3H]3-methoxy-5-(pyridin-2-ylethynyl)pyridine).

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Department of Neuropharmacology, Merck Research Laboratories, MRLSDB1, 3535 General Atomics Court, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.


In vivo receptor occupancy of mGlu5 receptor antagonists was quantified in rat and mouse brain using the mGlu5 receptor selective antagonist [3H]3-methoxy-5-(pyridin-2-ylethynyl)pyridine) ([3H]methoxy-PEPy). Administration of [3H]methoxy-PEPy (50 microCi/kg i.v.) to mGlu5 receptor-deficient mice revealed binding at background levels in forebrain, whereas wild-type mice exhibited 14-fold higher binding in forebrain relative to cerebellum. Systemic administration of the mGlu5 receptor antagonists 2-methyl-6-(phenylethynyl)pyridine (MPEP) and 3-[(2-methyl-1,3-thiazol-4-yl)ethynyl]pyridine (MTEP) reduced the binding of [3H]methoxy-PEPy in rats and mice, reflecting mGlu5 receptor occupancy by these compounds. MPEP (10 mg/kg i.p.) and MTEP (3 mg/kg i.p.) maintained >75% receptor occupancy for 2 h in rats, while in mice MPEP and MTEP achieved >75% occupancy for only 30 and 15 min, respectively. Compound levels in plasma were substantially lower in mice suggesting species differences in receptor occupancy result from differences in absorption or metabolism of the compounds. These findings demonstrate that [3H]methoxy-PEPy is useful for determining the occupancy of mGlu5 receptors in the brain.

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