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Brain Res. 2000 Aug 4;873(1):34-45.

Serotonin 5-HT(2) receptors activate local GABA inhibitory inputs to serotonergic neurons of the dorsal raphe nucleus.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Yale School of Medicine and The Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, CT 06508, USA.


The purpose of the present study was to characterize the synaptic currents induced by bath-applied serotonin (5-HT) in 5-HT cells of the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) and to determine which 5-HT receptor subtypes mediate these effects. In rat brain slices, 5-HT induced a concentration-dependent increase in the frequency of inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) in 5-HT neurons recorded intracellularly in the ventral part of the DRN (EC(50): 86 microM); 5-HT also increased IPSC amplitude. These effects were blocked by the GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline (10 microM) and by the fast sodium channel blocker, TTX, suggesting that 5-HT had increased impulse flow in local GABAergic neurons. DAMGO (300 nM), a selective mu-agonist, markedly suppressed the increase in IPSC frequency induced by 5-HT (100 microM) in the DRN. A near maximal concentration of the selective 5-HT(2A) antagonist, MDL100,907 (30 nM), produced a large reduction ( approximately 70%) in the increase in IPSC frequency induced by 100 microM 5-HT; SB242,084 (30 nM), a selective 5-HT(2C) antagonist, was less effective ( approximately 24% reduction). Combined drug application suppressed the increase in 5-HT-induced IPSC frequency almost completely, suggesting involvement of both 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(2C) receptors. Unexpectedly, the phenethylamine hallucinogen, DOI, a partial agonist at 5-HT(2A/2C) receptors, caused a greater increase (+334%) in IPSC frequency than did 5-HT 100 microM (+80%). This result may be explained by an opposing 5-HT(1A) inhibitory effect since the selective 5-HT(1A) antagonist, WAY-100635, enhanced the 5-HT-induced increase in IPSCs. These results indicate that within the DRN-PAG area there may be a negative feedback loop in which 5-HT induces an increase in IPSC frequency in 5-HT cells by exciting GABAergic interneurons in the DRN via 5-HT(2A) and, to a lesser extent, 5-HT(2C) receptors. Increased GABA tone may explain the previous observation of an indirect suppression of firing of a subpopulation of 5-HT cells in the DRN induced by phenethylamine hallucinogens in vivo.

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