Send to

Choose Destination
J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1987 Jan;240(1):51-8.

Characterization of high affinity [3H]pirenzepine and (-)-[3H] quinuclidinyl benzilate binding to muscarinic cholinergic receptors in rabbit peripheral lung.


We have characterized the binding of the selective muscarinic antagonist [3H]pirenzepine ([3H])PZ) and the classical muscarinic antagonist (-)-[3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate ((-)-[3H]QNB) to muscarinic cholinergic sites in rabbit peripheral lung membranes. For both radioligands, high affinity binding with pharmacologic specificity was demonstrated. The high affinity Kd for [3H]PZ binding determined from saturation isotherms was 4.5 nM and the Kd for (-)-[3H]QNB binding was 6.2 pM. Comparison of the total binding capacity values determined by saturation experiments with [3H] PZ and (-)-[3H]QNB demonstrates that approximately 78% of the total muscarinic binding sites in rabbit peripheral lung bind [3H]PZ with high affinity. There was no significant effect of the guanine nucleotide, guanyl-5'-yl imidodiphosphate, on the inhibition of (-)-[3H]QNB binding by the muscarinic agonist carbachol in peripheral lung membranes. If the pulmonary muscarinic receptor with high affinity for PZ proves to have an important role in bronchoconstriction, its characterization could result in the development of more selective bronchodilators.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for HighWire
Loading ...
Support Center