Do the blocked dopamine receptors get broken down by the body and if so how often ?

In other words how long does it take for the dopamine receptors blocked by irreversible dopamine antagonists to degrade ?

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ If you could depersonalize this question to make it about the pharmacology of haldol, we may be able to give you an answer, though it may not be very satisfying. As it is, you're asking a personal medical question (how long do you have to wait for recovery of normal function after stopping haldol), which is off topic for any SE site. $\endgroup$ – De Novo Aug 8 '18 at 23:23
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Thank you for rewording. I've retracted my close vote. This is a complicated question that will require some time to carefully answer. $\endgroup$ – De Novo Aug 15 '18 at 22:22

Partial Answer and Suggestions

As @De_Novo says, this is a complicated, albeit very interesting, question. There are various reasons for this, such as the fact that the receptors aren't just internalised but also recycled and the fact that there may be antagonist and dose-dependent changes in receptor internalisation. There's the added complexity that receptors can have their expression changed in the short term (by internalisation) but also in the long term (by varying synthesis). You should then note that there's not a set lifespan of the receptors - there's a statistical distribution for how long they'll last at the membrane.

But I'd quite like to stimulate discussion about it so I'm proposing some smaller questions:

  • Do irreversible dopamine antagonists change the rates of receptor internalisation, degradation or recycling? This is likely to be the case as internalisation of receptors is often activity-dependent. Also, the shape of the irreversible antagonist could change how the receptor fits into a clathrin-coated pit.
  • Do the irreversible antagonists change the rate of receptor synthesis?
  • What mathematical models can describe the dynamics of internalisation? This might be a bit tricky since there are feedback mechanisms here (e.g. recycling --> internalisation --> degradation --> less recycling).
  • How does the proportion of blocked receptors affect these factors?

By answering these questions (or even by finding an experiment that measures the half life of the receptors with blocking), you could come up with an answer for the half-life of the blocked receptors.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.