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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 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)
Biochemical and electrophysiological approaches were used to assess the possible changes in 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) 5-HT1A receptors in the rat brain after a long-term treatment with cericlamine [2-(3,4-dichlorobenzyl)-2-dimethylamino-1-propanol], a novel serotonin reuptake inhibitor with antidepressant properties. Possible changes in other(More)
Quantification of receptor binding sites and their encoding mRNAs, and electrophysiological recordings, were used to assess central serotonin (5-HT) neurotransmission in rats 24 h after a 2-3 week treatment with the selective 5-HT reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine (8 mg/kg i.p., daily). Binding studies showed that this treatment affected neither 5-HT1A nor(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)
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)
Previous studies suggested that in the nucleus tractus solitarius, cardiovascular responses to serotonin may involve the simultaneous activation of more than one receptor subtype. In the present study, the cardiovascular effects of the local application of serotonin and different serotonin3 agonists and antagonists into the nucleus tractus solitarius were(More)
Specific antibodies raised against a fusion protein containing the amino acid sequence of the putative second intracellular loop of the cloned 5-HT3-A receptor subunit were used for the immunohistochemical visualization of 5-HT3 receptors in the rat spinal cord. A dense 5-HT3-like immunoreactivity was found in the superficial layers of the dorsal horn,(More)
Inasmuch as sustained treatment with the 5-hydroxytryptamine1A (5-HT1A) agonist, ipsapirone, is necessary for inducing anxiolytic and antidepressant effects in the clinic, investigations were performed for assessing the possible changes in serotoninergic and dopaminergic neurotransmission in the brain of rats 24 hr after a 2-week treatment with this drug.(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)