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Molar mass289.76 g/mol g·mol−1
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SKF-81,297 is a synthetic drug of the benzazepine chemical class that acts as a selective dopamine D1/D5 receptor full agonist, and produces a characteristic stimulant-like pattern of anorexia, hyperactivity and self-administration in animals.[1] This profile is shared with several related drugs such as 6-Br-APB and SKF-82,958,[2] but not with certain other D1 full agonists such as A-77,636, reflecting functional selectivity of D1 activation.[3][4][5] Newer findings reveal that SKF-81,297 additionally acts as a partial agonist at D1-D2 receptor heteromers.[6]


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  2. ^ Weed MR, Paul IA, Dwoskin LP, Moore SE, Woolverton WL (October 1997). "The relationship between reinforcing effects and in vitro effects of D1 agonists in monkeys". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 283 (1): 29–38. PMID 9336305.
  3. ^ Chausmer AL, Katz JL (January 2002). "Comparison of interactions of D1-like agonists, SKF 81297, SKF 82958 and A-77636, with cocaine: locomotor activity and drug discrimination studies in rodents". Psychopharmacology. 159 (2): 145–53. doi:10.1007/s002130100896. PMID 11862342.
  4. ^ Graham DL, Hoppenot R, Hendryx A, Self DW (April 2007). "Differential ability of D1 and D2 dopamine receptor agonists to induce and modulate expression and reinstatement of cocaine place preference in rats". Psychopharmacology. 191 (3): 719–30. doi:10.1007/s00213-006-0473-5. PMID 16835769.
  5. ^ Delfino M, Kalisch R, Czisch M, Larramendy C, Ricatti J, Taravini IR, Trenkwalder C, Murer MG, Auer DP, Gershanik OS (September 2007). "Mapping the effects of three dopamine agonists with different dyskinetogenic potential and receptor selectivity using pharmacological functional magnetic resonance imaging". Neuropsychopharmacology. 32 (9): 1911–21. doi:10.1038/sj.npp.1301329. PMID 17287822.
  6. ^ Rashid AJ, So CH, Kong MM, et al. (2007). "D1-D2 dopamine receptor heterooligomers with unique pharmacology are coupled to rapid activation of Gq/11 in the striatum". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104 (2): 654–9. doi:10.1073/pnas.0604049104. PMC 1766439. PMID 17194762.