Using in vitro autoradiography, we investigated the effects of Kamikihito (KKT), a traditional Chinese medicine, on the specific binding of [3H]quinuclidinyl benzilate (QNB) and [3H]N-(l-[2-thienyl]cyclohexyl)-3,4-piperidine (TCP) in the rat brain. The Bmas but not the Kd values for [3H]QNB binding to the caudate/putamen and accumbens in aged rats were lower than those in young rats. The [3H]TCP binding was also decreased in aged rats compared with that in young rats. Long-term administration of KKT modulated the [3H]QNB binding in young but not aged rats.
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