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Although considerable progress has been made in characterising the 5-HT1A receptor using agonists, partial agonists or non-selective antagonists, further studies of 5-HT1A receptor function have been hindered by the lack of highly selective antagonists. The term 'silent' antagonist has been used for such compounds in order to distinguish them unequivocally(More)
The characteristics of the spontaneous firing of serotoninergic neurons in the dorsal raphe nucleus and its control by serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) receptors were investigated in wild-type and 5-HT1B knock-out (5-HT1B-/-) mice of the 129/Sv strain, anaesthetized with chloral hydrate. In both groups of mice, 5-HT neurons exhibited a regular activity(More)
Autoradiographic and membrane binding studies with [3H](R,S)- or [3H](S)-zacopride were performed in combination with lesions using various neurotoxins in an attempt to identify which neuronal cell types are endowed with 5-HT3 receptors in the rat central nervous system. Lesions of noradrenergic (by DSP-4), dopaminergic (by 6-hydroxydopamine) and(More)
The tritiated derivative of the novel silent 5-HT1A receptor antagonist WAY 100635 [N-(2-(4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-piperazinyl)ethyl)-N-(2-pyridinyl) cyclohexane carboxamide] was tested as a potential radioligand of 5-HT1A receptors in the rat brain. Binding assays with membranes from various brain regions showed that [3H]WAY 100635 specifically bound to a(More)
1. The aim of the present work was to characterize the 5-hydroxytryptamine1A (5-HT1A) antagonistic actions of (-)-pindolol and WAY 100635 (N-(2-(4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-piperazinyl)ethyl)-N-(2-pyridinyl) cyclohexane carboxamide). Studies were performed on 5-HT1A receptors located on 5-hydroxytryptaminergic neurones in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) and on(More)
Polyclonal antibodies were raised by the repeated injection of rabbits with a synthetic peptide corresponding to a highly selective portion (amino acid residues 243 to 268) of the amino acid sequence of the rat 5-HT1A receptor. The anti-peptide antiserum allowed the immunoprecipitation of 5-HT1A receptors but not of other 5-HT1 sites solubilized from rat(More)
Electrophysiological and autoradiographic approaches were used to assess possible changes in 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) 5-HT1A receptors in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus after a subchronic treatment with fluoxetine or paroxetine, two specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors with antidepressant properties. Fluoxetine or paroxetine were injected daily (5(More)
Previous studies have shown that injection of 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) receptor agonists in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) to stimulate somatodendritic 5-HT1A autoreceptors or in the hippocampus to stimulate postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptors, induces anxiolytic-like effects in the rat. The mechanisms triggered by the latter treatment were investigated by(More)
Autoradiographic studies were performed in combination with dorsal rhizotomy or selective lesion of descending serotonergic or noradrenergic systems in an attempt to identify the neuronal cell types endowed with the serotonin 5-HT1A, 5-HT1B and 5-HT3 receptors in the rat spinal cord. Unilateral sectioning of seven dorsal roots (C4-T2) at the cervical level(More)
The hypothesis that a dysfunction of serotonergic neurotransmission is implicated in depression is supported by the clinical efficiency of selective serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in the treatment of depressive disorders. These drugs, such as fluoxetine and paroxetine, exert their antidepressant activity by increasing 5-HT(More)