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Mol Pharmacol. 2003 May;63(5):1067-74.

Direct interaction of serotonin type 3 receptor ligands with recombinant and native alpha 9 alpha 10-containing nicotinic cholinergic receptors.

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  • 1Instituto de Investigaciones en Ingeniería Genética y Biología Molecular, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Abstract

In the present work, we characterized the effects of serotonin type 3 receptor ligands on recombinant and native alpha 9 alpha 10-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). Our results indicate that the recombinant alpha 9 alpha 10 nAChR shares striking pharmacological properties with 5-HT(3) ligand-gated ion channels. Thus, 5-HT(3) receptor antagonists block ACh-evoked currents in alpha 9 alpha 10-injected Xenopus laevis oocytes with a rank order of potency of tropisetron (IC(50), 70.1 +/- 0.9 nM) > ondansetron (IC(50), 0.6 +/- 0.1 microM) = MDL 72222 (IC(50), 0.7 +/- 0.1 microM). Although serotonin does not elicit responses in alpha 9 alpha 10-injected oocytes, it blocks recombinant alpha 9 alpha 10 receptors in a noncompetitive and voltage-dependent manner (IC(50), 5.4 +/- 0.6 microM). On the other hand, we demonstrate an in vivo correlate of these properties of the recombinant receptor, with those of the alpha 9 alpha 10-containing nAChR of frog saccular hair cells. The possibility that the biogenic amine serotonin might act as a neuromodulator of the cholinergic efferent transmission in the vestibular apparatus and in the organ of Corti is discussed.

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