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J Pharm Pharmacol. 1994 Apr;46(4):316-8.

Decreased cerebral 5-HT1A receptors during ageing: reversal by Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761).

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Institut des Xénobiotiques, Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Poitiers, France.


Investigation of [3H]8-hydroxy-2(di-n-propylamino)tetralin binding to 5-HT1A receptors in cerebral cortex membranes of Wistar rats showed that the maximal number of binding sites (Bmax) was reduced significantly (22%) in aged (24-month-old) as compared with young (4-month-old) animals. Chronic treatment with Ginkgo biloba extract did not alter binding in young rats but increased binding density significantly (33%) in aged rats. These results confirm previously described age-related 5-hydroxytryptaminergic alterations. Together with data in the literature, they also suggest a restorative effect in aged rats, associated with decreased receptor density resulting from the protective action of Ginkgo biloba extract treatment on neuronal membrane.

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