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Systematic (IUPAC) name
Pharmacokinetic data
Biological half-life 20 min
CAS Registry Number 84225-95-6 N
ATC code None
PubChem CID: 3033769
ChemSpider 2298373 YesY
Chemical data
Formula C15H20Cl2N2O3
Molecular mass 347.236 g/mol
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Raclopride is a synthetic compound that acts as a selective antagonist on D2 dopamine receptors.[1]

Its selectivity to the cerebral D2 receptors is characterized by its respective Ki-values, which are as follows: 1.8, 3.5, 2400 and 18000 nM for D2, D3, D4 and D1 receptors respectively.

It can be radiolabelled with radioisotopes, e.g. 3-H or Carbon-11 and used as a tracer for in-vitro imaging (autoradiography) as well as in-vivo imaging positron emission tomography (PET). Images obtained by cerebral PET scanning (e.g. PET/CT or PET/MRI) allow the non-invasive assessment of the binding capacity of the cerebral D2 Dopamine receptor, which can be useful for the diagnosis of movement disorders. In particular, cerebral D2 receptor binding as measured by Carbon-11-Raclopride (11-C-Raclopride) has shown to reflect disease severity of Huntington's Disease, a genetical disease charactarized by selective degeneration of cerebral D2-receptors.[2]

Other studies have investigated the relationship of D2-receptor binding capacity and personality disorders. For example, one study found decreasing binding with the personality trait detachment.[3] Radiolabelled raclopride is also commonly used to determine the efficacy and neurotoxicity of dopaminergic drugs.


  1. ^ Köhler C, Hall H, Ogren SO, Gawell L (1985). "Specific in vitro and in vivo binding of 3H-raclopride. A potent substituted benzamide drug with high affinity for dopamine D-2 receptors in the rat brain". Biochemical Pharmacology 34 (13): 2251–9. doi:10.1016/0006-2952(85)90778-6. PMID 4015674. 
  2. ^ Antonini A, Leenders KL, Spiegel R, Meier D, Vontobel P, Weigell-Weber M, Sanchez-Pernaute R, de Yébenez JG, Boesiger P, Weindl A, Maguire RP (1996). "Striatal glucose metabolism and dopamine D2 receptor binding in asymptomatic gene carriers and patients with Huntington's disease". Brain 119 (6): 2085–95. doi:10.1093/brain/119.6.2085. PMID 9010012. 
  3. ^ Farde L, Gustavsson JP, Jönsson E (1997). "D2 dopamine receptors and personality traits". Nature 385 (6617): 590. doi:10.1038/385590a0. PMID 9024656. 

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