By G. R. Marshall (auth.), Svein G. Dahl Cand Real, Dr. Philos., Lars F. Gram MD, Steven M. Paul MD, William Z. Potter MD, PhD (eds.)
The Fourth overseas assembly on medical Pharmacology in Psychiatry used to be held in Bethesda, Maryland on 5-8 September 1985 and was once devoted to the reminiscence of Dr. Earl Usdin. Earl was once one of many organizers of the 3 earlier conferences held in Chicago (1979), Troms0 (1980), and Odense (1982). throughout the association of the fourth assembly Earl grew to become unwell and needed to relinquish his position as one of many valuable organizers. it really is secure to finish that there has been no larger, or extra specialist, or extra effective an organizer of medical conferences within the box of neuropharmacology and psychiatry than Earl U sdin, and it was once relatively a job for the rest organizers to fill the void left while he withdrew from this one. these folks who've equipped earlier conferences with Earl have been struck by way of how even more tricky our paintings grew to become with no him. This evidently speaks good for his sophisticated (and now and then now not so sophisticated) organizational talents. however, in Earl's reminiscence the organizers proceeded to ask a bunch of the world over popular neuropsychopharmacologists to deal with the matter of selectivity in psychotropic drug motion and to attempt to reconcile the superb advances in uncomplicated preclinical neuropsychopharmacology with the matter of scientific specificity encountered by means of the psychiatrist.
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Values are means ± SEM for 6-7 animals. 7 nM flunitrazepam. (From Havoundjian et al. 1985 a, b) 34 P. Skolnick et al. In these studies, rats were subjected to a brief, ambient temperature (25°C) swim as a model stressor. 2, inset). Furthermore, GABA-enhanced [3H]flunitrazepam binding (measured in the absence of chloride ions) was also unchanged (Fig. 2, inset), suggesting that the population of GABA receptors linked to benzodiazepine receptors (cf. Gallager et al. 1984) was also unaffected by stress.
1984; Schoch et al. 1984). In 1979, Costa et al. demonstrated that halides such as bromide, iodide, and chloride increase the apparent affinity of [3H]diazepam. Similar increases were not observed with ions that have a low permeability for chloride channels, such as acetate, citrate, and maleate, thus providing a neurochemical link between chloride channels and benzodiazepine receptors. This link was further supported by the observation that barbiturates (such as pentobarbital) can also increase the apparent affinity of [3H]benzodiazepines for their receptors (Skolnick et al.
The GABA receptor may be envisioned as a "switch," completing a circuit that permits chloride ions into the cell when this site is occupied by GABA or a GABAmimetic. The benzodiazepine receptor may best be illustrated as a rheostat. , there is GABAergic tone), the resistance through its circuit is decreased, resulting in an increased chloride influx and hyperpolarization. In contrast, when the benzodiazepine receptor is occupied by an "active antagonist" ("inverse agonist") such as 3-carbomethoxy-f3-carboline, the chloride flux will be reduced under the same GABAergic tone (Fig.
Clinical Pharmacology in Psychiatry: Selectivity in Psychotropic Drug Action — Promises or Problems? by G. R. Marshall (auth.), Svein G. Dahl Cand Real, Dr. Philos., Lars F. Gram MD, Steven M. Paul MD, William Z. Potter MD, PhD (eds.)