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Serotonin type 3 (5-HT(3)) receptors are pentameric ion channels belonging to the superfamily of Cys-loop receptors. Receptor activation either leads to fast excitatory responses or modulation of neurotransmitter release depending on their neuronal localisation. 5-HT(3) receptors are known to be expressed in the central nervous system in regions involved in(More)
The serotonin 1A (5-HT(1A))-receptor is involved in a wide range of physiological functions, but has also been implicated in the pathophysiology of anxiety disorders and depression. Although the 5-HT(1A)-receptor is one of the best described receptor subtypes of the serotonergic system, its complex distribution pattern, pre- and postsynaptic localisation,(More)
Within the family of serotonin receptors, the 5-hydroxytryptamine-3 (5-HT(3)) receptor is the only ligand-gated ion channel. It is composed of five subunits, of which the 5-HT(3A) and 5-HT(3B) subunits are best characterized. Several studies, however, have reported on the functional diversity of native 5-HT(3) receptors, which cannot solely be explained on(More)
Although five 5-hydroxytryptamine type 3 (5-HT3) subunits (A-E) have been cloned, knowledge on the regulation of their assembly is limited. RIC-3 has been identified as a chaperone specific for the pentameric ligand-gated nicotinic acetylcholine and 5-HT(3) receptors. Therefore, we examined the impact of RIC-3 on differently composed 5-HT(3) receptors with(More)
BACKGROUND Beneficial effects of ginger in the treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) problems and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting are well accepted. In rodents, the action of ginger seems to be mediated by the inhibition of 5-HT3 receptors, which are established targets to combat emesis and irritable bowel syndrome. METHODS Heterologously expressed(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze functional properties of the naturally occurring C23S variant of the human 5-HT2C receptor. In HEK293 cells transiently expressing the unedited forms of the variant receptor (VR) or the wild-type receptor (WTR), surface expression was determined by [3H]mesulergine binding to membrane fragments. Function was examined by(More)
BACKGROUND Impaired 5-HT3 receptor function is likely involved in the pathogenesis of functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) and 5-HT3 receptor antagonists are effective treatments for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The monoterpene alcohol menthol and the aporphine alkaloid boldine combat symptoms(More)
The present study aimed at examining the function and pharmacological properties of the naturally occurring Arg344His variant of the human 5-HT(3A) receptor, identified in a schizophrenic patient. In intact human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells expressing the wild-type (WT) or the variant receptor, the function was analyzed by indirect measurement of(More)
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