Jun 1, 1976

Comparative study of the effects of mianserin, a tetracyclic antidepressant, and of imipramine on uptake and release of neurotransmitters in synaptosomes

The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
M RaiteriA Bertollini


The effects of mianserin, a tetracyclic antidepressant, on uptake and release of [3H]noradrenaline (3H-NA), [3H]dopamine (3H-DA), [3H]-5-hydroxytryptamine(3H-5-HT) and [3H]gamma-amino-butyric acid (3H-GABA) in synaptosomes from different areas of the rat brain were investigated in a comparative study with the tricyclic antidepressant imipramine. Mianserin and imipramine were inhibitors of 3H-NA uptake in the hypothalamus, but could not increase 3H-NA release from noradrenergic nerve endings. This behaviour was similar to that of (+)-amphetamine. Both mianserin and imipramine had essentially no effect on 3H-DA transport mechanisms in striatal synaptosomes. (+)-Amphetamine, in contrast, strongly affected both 3H-DA uptake and release. Imipramine was stronger than mianserin in inhibiting 3H-5-HT accumulation by striatal synaptosomes. In contrast, mianserin stimulated 3H-5-HT release whereas imipramine was ineffective. Mianserin had virtually no inhibitory activity on 3H-5-HT uptake by rat blood platelets. Imipramine was a modest inhibitor of 3H-GABA accumulation by whole brain synaptosomes; mianserin had no effect. Both drugs did not alter 3H-GABA release. These results indicate that mianserin interferes in a way different from th...Continue Reading

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