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Synapse. 1990;5(3):207-12.

Pargyline-sensitive selective accumulation of a radiolabeled MPTP analog in the primate cerebral cortex and basal ganglia.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.


The distribution of radioiodinated N-methyl-4-(4-hydroxy-3-iodobenzyl)-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MHTP), an analog of the reportedly nontoxic N-methyl-4-benzyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine, (4-homo-MPTP), has been studied in the primate. [123I]MHTP-derived radioactivity exhibited a progressive accumulation and prolonged retention within the primate eye. Following iv injection, [123I]MHTP rapidly accumulated within the primate brain and was subsequently oxidized to a radiolabeled metabolite. The half-life of [123I]MHTP-derived radioactivity within the primate brain was 50 min. The highest concentrations of radioactivity were found in the caudate-putamen and the frontal, temporal and cingulate cortices; the substantia nigra and inferior olivary nucleus were labeled with medium intensity. Very low concentrations of radiolabel were detected in the cerebellum and white matter. Selective accumulation of [125I]MHTP-derived radioactivity within these structures was blocked by pretreatment with pargyline, suggesting that monoamine oxidase B is involved in the bioactivation of radioiodinated MHTP.

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