Author(s): Shushpanova TV, Solonskii AV, Novozheeva TP, Udut VV
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Abstract Chronic alcohol intake induces neuroadaptive changes in benzodiazepine receptors modulating GABAA receptors that promote alcohol addiction. Analysis of benzodiazepine receptors in the brain of Wistar rats differing by alcohol preference has demonstrated that affinity of [(3)H]flunitrazepam and [(3)H]Ro5-4864 binding with membrane fraction was reduced, while the density of specific binding sites in the brain cortex of heavy drinking and low drinking rats was increased in comparison with rats nonpreferring alcohol. Administration of anticonvulsant meta-chlorobenzhydryl urea increased affinity of benzodiazepine receptors in the brain cortex of heavy drinking rats, which improved GABA neurotransmission in the brain of these animals and reduced alcohol consumption.
This article was published in Bull Exp Biol Med
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy