Fenfluramine-induced serotonin release decreases [11C]AZ10419369 binding to 5-HT1B-receptors in the primate brain.


The need for positron emission tomography (PET)-radioligands that are sensitive to changes in endogenous serotonin (5-HT) levels in brain is recognized in experimental and clinical psychiatric research. We recently developed the novel PET radioligand [(11)C]AZ10419369 that is highly selective for the 5-HT(1B) receptor. In this PET-study in three cynomolgus monkeys, we examined the sensitivity of [(11)C]AZ10419369 to altered endogenous 5-HT levels. Fenfluramine-induced 5-HT release decreased radioligand binding in a dose-dependent fashion with a regional average of 27% after 1 mg/kg and 50% after 5 mg/kg. This preliminary study supports that [(11)C]AZ10419369 is sensitive to endogenous 5-HT levels in vivo and may serve as a tool to examine the pathophysiology and treatment of major psychiatric disorders.

DOI: 10.1002/syn.20780
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@article{Finnema2010FenfluramineinducedSR, title={Fenfluramine-induced serotonin release decreases [11C]AZ10419369 binding to 5-HT1B-receptors in the primate brain.}, author={Sjoerd J. Finnema and Andrea Varrone and Tae Ju Hwang and Bal{\'a}zs Guly{\'a}s and M. Edward Pierson and Christer Halldin and Lars Farde}, journal={Synapse}, year={2010}, volume={64 7}, pages={573-7} }