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Title: Role of muscarinic receptors in the activity of N-desmethylclozapine: Reversal of hyperactivity in the phospholipase C knockout mouse
Authors: Gray, L. 
McOmish, C.
Scarr, E.
Dean, B.
Hannan, A.J.
Keywords: Locomotor activity
Muscarinic receptors
N des-methylclozapine
Phospholipase C-β1 knockout
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Citation: Gray, L., McOmish, C., Scarr, E., Dean, B., Hannan, A.J. (2008-09). Role of muscarinic receptors in the activity of N-desmethylclozapine: Reversal of hyperactivity in the phospholipase C knockout mouse. Behavioural Pharmacology 19 (5-6) : 543-547. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Activity of the cholinergic muscarinic system is associated with modulation of locomotor activity, although the precise mechanism remains unclear. The phospholipase C-β1 knockout mouse displays both M1 muscarinic receptor dysfunction and a hyperactive locomotor phenotype. This mouse serves as an ideal model for the analysis of muscarinic modulation of locomotor activity. The clozapine metabolite N-desmethylclozapine (NDMC) has shown some promise as an alternative or adjunct treatment for psychotic disorders. NDMC shows strong muscarinic acetylcholine receptor affinities, which may contribute to the clinical efficacy of clozapine and account for the correlation between NDMC/clozapine ratio and treatment response. Administration of NMDC reversed a striking hyperactive phenotype in the phospholipase C-β1 knockout mouse, whereas no significant effects were observed in wild-type animals. This highlights the potential role of muscarinic activity in the behavioural response to NDMC. The M1 muscarinic antagonist pirenzepine, however, also reduced the hyperactive phenotype of these mice, emphasizing the importance of muscarinic function in the control of locomotor behaviour, but also calling into question the specific mechanism of action of NMDC at muscarinic receptors. © 2008 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Source Title: Behavioural Pharmacology
ISSN: 09558810
DOI: 10.1097/FBP.0b013e32830c3669
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