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medmad
post Nov 24, 2014, 10:15 AM
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Hello , I have a question I would appreciate it if you could help me through it.

If a brain cell has 10 X receptors today , can it have 20 X receptors in less than 24 hours?
for example I eat a psychological pill at 8 o'clock today , is it possible for my brain cells to increase their receptors in short time (for example less than 24 hours) due to the drug?
And does it affect the receptor number if I take the pill in the morning or in the evening?

Thank you very much
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post Feb 21, 2015, 11:10 AM
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Upregulation of receptors is a much slower process than downregulation. The cell would have to be triggered to synthesize and express receptors at a waaay faster rate than baseline. That's because, even when a receptor undergoes endocytosis, it's often recycled back to the surface after dissociating from the ligand. The cell doesn't have to produce receptors constantly, and isn't built to do so. I think changing the rate of receptor generation is possible, but beyond our current level of science. I actually came here to ask questions about receptor density myself, so I'm not any kind of authority on the subject tongue.gif If anyone wants to chime in and correct anything I got wrong, I would appreciate it.
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