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Neuropharmacology. 2004 Jun;46(7):935-41.

GABAergic modulation of 5-HT7 receptor-mediated effects on 5-HT efflux in the guinea-pig dorsal raphe nucleus.

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  • 1Psychiatry CEDD, GlaxoSmithKline, New Frontiers Science Park, Third Avenue, Harlow, Essex CM 19 5AW, UK.


5-HT(7) receptor mRNA and protein are localised in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) on non-serotonergic neurones. The effect of 5-HT(7) receptor antagonism on 5-HT efflux was measured from guinea-pig DRN slices, using the technique of fast cyclic voltammetry. The 5-HT(7) receptor antagonist, SB-269970-A, significantly inhibited 5-HT efflux. The GABA(A) receptor agonist, muscimol, significantly inhibited 5-HT efflux, to a similar degree as SB-269970-A. In contrast, the GABA(A) receptor antagonist, bicuculline, significantly increased 5-HT efflux and attenuated the muscimol-induced inhibition. The muscimol and SB-269970-A effects were not additive and in the presence of bicuculline the SB-269970-A-induced inhibition of 5-HT efflux was attenuated. These data suggest that 5-HT(7) receptor antagonist-induced inhibition of 5-HT efflux occurs indirectly via activation of GABA(A) receptors. That is, 5-HT(7) receptors may be located on GABA interneurones and when activated decrease GABA release and hence decrease the inhibitory tone on 5-HT neurones, increasing 5-HT efflux in the DRN. Therefore, in the presence of GABAergic tone 5-HT(7) receptor antagonists would decrease 5-HT release from the DRN.

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