Annals of Nuclear Medicine

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 231–235 | Cite as

125I-iomazenil-benzodiazepine receptor binding during psychological stress in rats

  • Nobuyoshi Fukumitsu
  • Daisuke Tsuchida
  • Shigeyuki Ogi
  • Mayuki Uchiyama
  • Yutaka Mori
Short Communication


Objective: We investigated the changes in125I-iomazenil (125I-IMZ) benzodiazepine receptor (BZR) binding with psychological stress in a rat model.Methods: Six male Wistar rats were placed under psychological stress for 1 hour by using a communication box. No physical stress was not received. 1.85 MBq of125I-IMZ was injected into the lateral tail vein and the rat was killed 3 hours later. Twenty-micrometer-thick sections of the brain were collected and % injected dose per body weight (%ID/BW) of eleven regions (frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital cortices, caudate putamen, accumubens nuclei, globus pallidus, amygdala, thalamus, hippocampus and hypothalamus) were calculated by autoradiography. The %ID/BW of rats which were placed under psychological stress was compared with that of 6 control rats.Results: The %ID/BW of rats which were placed under psychological stress diffusely tended to show a reduction in125I-IMZ-BZR binding. A significant decrease in BZR binding was observed in the hippocampus of the rats which were placed under psychological stress.Conclusion:125I-IMZ-BZR binding tended to decrease throughout the brain.

Key words

125I-iomazenil benzodiazepine receptor psychological stress rat communication box 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobuyoshi Fukumitsu
    • 1
  • Daisuke Tsuchida
    • 1
  • Shigeyuki Ogi
    • 1
  • Mayuki Uchiyama
    • 1
  • Yutaka Mori
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyJikei University School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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