Effects of Δ9-THC on the synaptosomal uptake of 3H-tryptophan and 3H-choline

K. M. Johnson, W. L. Dewey

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The in vitro addition of (-)-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) resulted in a dose-responsive inhibition of the high-affinity specific synaptosomal uptake of both 3H-tryptophan and 3H-choline in mouse forebrain crude synaptosomal preparations. The approximate concentrations of Δ9-THC required to cause a 50% inhibition of the uptake of 3H-tryptophan and 3H-choline were 33 and 16 μM, respectively. Kinetic analysis showed that inhibition of both compounds were consistent with a noncompetitive mechanism. The pretreatment of mice with doses of 10, 30 or 100 mg/kg Δ9-THC had no effect on the subsequent in vitro synaptosomal uptake of either 3H-tryptophan or 3H-choline into forebrain synaptosomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes


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