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The handling of serotonin [5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)] depends on the serotonin transporter (SERT). A SERT knockout (KO) rat is a useful model to test the hypothesis that SERT is the primary mechanism for arterial 5-HT uptake and to investigate the impact of SERT removal on blood pressure. Wild-type (WT) and KO rats were used to measure 5-HT content(More)
1. The serotonin transporter (SERT) handles serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)) and is blocked by the antidepressant SERT inhibitors fluoxetine and fluvoxamine. Although the importance of SERT in the central nervous system is clear, SERT also functions in the peripheral vasculature. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that the vasculature from(More)
The circulatory system consists of veins and arteries. Compared with arteries, veins have been neglected in cardiovascular research. Although veins are significantly less muscular than similarly sized arteries, the contribution of veins to cardiovascular homeostasis cannot be left un-noted because veins accommodate 70% of the circulating blood. Circulating(More)
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) is a potent constrictor of isolated blood vessels. However, recent studies demonstrate that chronic 5-HT infusion results in a prolonged fall in blood pressure in the rat. This finding highlights the need for further study of 5-HT in the cardiovascular system. We tested the hypothesis that a functional serotonin(More)
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