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Influence of 5-HT1A receptors on central noradrenergic activity: microdialysis studies using (+-) MDL 73005EF and its enantiomers

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard McQuade


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Recent studies indicate that 5-HT1A receptor agonists stimulate noradrenaline release in the brain. Here we investigate the mechanism underlying the increase in extracellular noradrenaline induced by (±)-MDL 73005EF, a weak 5-HT1A receptor agonist. Extracellular noradrenaline was measured in the hippocampus of the awake rat using microdialysis. (±)-MDL 73005EF (0.1, 1 and 5 mg/kg s.c.) caused a dose-related increase in noradrenaline. The active S(−)- enantiomer of MDL 73005EF (1 mg/kg s.c.) also increased noradrenaline whereas the inactive R(+)- enantiomer (1 mg/kg s.c.) did not. Measurements of extracellular 5-HT in hippocampus of anaesthetised rats confirmed that the 5-HT1A receptor agonist action of (±)-MDL 73005EF resides in the S(−)- enantiomer. Thus, S(−)-MDL 73005EF (0.3 and 1 mg/kg s.c.) markedly decreased 5-HT, whereas R(+)-MDL 73005EF (1 mg/kg s.c.) did not. The noradrenaline response to (±)-MDL 73005EF (1 mg/kg s.c.) was significantly blocked by the selective 5-HT1A receptor antagonist, WAY 100635 (1 but not 0.3 mg/kg s.c). The noradrenaline response to (±)-MDL 73005EF (1 mg/kg s.c.) was not modified by pretreatment with the 5-HT synthesis inhibitor p-chlorophenylalanine. Intra-hippocampal application of (±)-MDL 73005EF (10 μM in perfusion medium) did not increase noradrenaline. Although (±)-MDL 73005EF has moderate affinity for dopamine D2 binding sites, the dopamine D2 receptor antagonist, remoxipride (1 mg/kg s.c.) did not increase noradrenaline. In conclusion, our data suggest that (±)-MDL 73005EF increases noradrenaline release in rat hippocampus through activation of 5HT1A receptors that appear to be located postsynaptically. These data are discussed in relation to the antidepressant/anxiolytic effects of 5-HT1A agonists.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McQuade R; Hajos-Korcsok E; Sharp T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Neuropharmacology

Year: 1999

Volume: 38

Issue: 2

Pages: 299-306

Print publication date: 01/02/1999

ISSN (print): 0028-3908

ISSN (electronic): 1873-7064

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/S0028-3908(98)00175-0


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