Yohimbine acts as a putative in vivo α2A/D-antagonist in the rat prefrontal cortex

Péter Kovács, István Hernádi

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Yohimbine has been widely used as α2-adrenergic receptor antagonist in neurophysiological research and in clinical therapy. In this study, we provide in vivo electrophysiological evidence, that microiontophoretic application of yohimbine (YOH) inhibits spontaneous activity of prefrontal neurons of the rat. By microiontophoretic application of the α2A-receptor antagonist BRL44408 (BRL), the effects of YOH could be mimicked, indicating that the action of YOH is manifested through α2A/D-receptor mechanisms. Furthermore, the inhibiting effects of YOH or BRL were blocked by α2B-receptor antagonist imiloxan. In concert with previous microiontophoretic data, the present findings suggest that α2-receptor antagonist YOH predominantly acts on the α2A/D-receptor subtype in vivo. Furthermore, we hypothesize that this action is manifested via deactivation of autoreceptors causing increased norepinephrine release, finally inhibiting postsynaptic neurons through the activation of α2B-receptors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-258
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 24 2006


  • Alpha-2 adrenergic receptors
  • Microiontophoresis
  • Norepinephrine
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Yohimbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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