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Neuroreport. 1999 May 14;10(7):1441-5.

Postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptors control 5-HT release in the rat medial prefrontal cortex.

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  • 1Department of Neurochemistry, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas de Barcelona, CSIC (IDIBAPS), Spain.


5-HTt1A receptor agonists reduce the neuronal release of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) by activation of raphe 5-HT1A autoreceptors. Using in vivo microdialysis in unanesthetized rats, we show that the local application of the selective 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-OH-DPAT decreased the 5-HT output to approximately 50% of controls in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) but not in dorsal hippocampus. The decrease in 5-HT output was counteracted by the concurrent application of the selective 5-HT1A receptor antagonist WAY-100635. This agent also reversed the decrease in 5-HT output elicited by the novel 5-HT1A receptor agonist BAY x 3702 (30 microM) in mPFC and dorsal raphe nucleus. These results indicate that postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptors in mPFC also participate in the control of serotonergic activity.

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