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Mol Pharmacol. 2008 Mar;73(3):616-8. Epub 2007 Dec 21.

Distinctions between dopamine transporter antagonists could be just around the bend.

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Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND 58203, USA.


Abuse of psychostimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines has a tremendous social and economic impact. Although replacement therapies are offered for addiction to opioids, nicotine, and alcohol, there is no approved replacement treatment for psychostimulant addiction. Recent studies on an emerging group of benztropine- and rimcazole-based compounds provide hope that replacement therapies for cocaine and amphetamine addiction may come in the near future. A new study (p. 813) now investigates the molecular interaction of the benztropine and rimcazole compounds with their target, the dopamine transporter, and provides an intriguing explanation as to why use of these compounds, unlike cocaine, do not lead to locomotor stimulation and drug discrimination behaviors in animal models.

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