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Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 1990 Nov;342(5):619-22.

Piglet sinoatrial 5-HT receptors resemble human atrial 5-HT4-like receptors.

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  • 1Smith Kline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Frythe, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, UK.


5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT), 5-carboxamidotryptamine (5-CT) and the gastrointestinal kinetic benzamides renzapride and cisapride caused tachycardia in spontaneously beating right atria of piglet in the presence of 400 nmol/l (+/-)-propranolol and 6 mumol/l cocaine. The maximum tachycardia caused by agonists, compared to that evoked by 200 mumol/l (-)-isoprenaline, was 63% for 5-HT, 50% for 5-CT, 50% for renzapride and 28% for cisapride. The rank order of potency was 5-HT greater than renzapride greater than cisapride greater than 5-CT. The effects of the agonists, but not those of (-)-isoprenaline, were antagonised by 3 alpha-tropanyl-1H-indole-3-carboxylic acid (ICS 205930); the pKB of ICS 205930 (vs 5-HT) was 6.9. These characteristics suggest that piglet sinoatrial 5-HT receptors are similar to "so-called" 5-HT4 receptors previously described in mouse colliculi neurons. Piglet sinoatrial 5-HT4-like receptors resemble the human atrial 5-HT receptors that mediate positive inotropic effects of 5-HT.

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