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Brain Res Bull. 1990 Jan;24(1):125-9.

Regional central serotonin-2 receptor binding and phosphoinositide turnover in rats with 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine lesions.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY.


"Denervation supersensitivity" of serotonin (5-HT) receptors has been proposed to explain the behavioral supersensitivity to 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) which develops after lesions of indoleamine neurons with 5,7-dihydroxytryptamine (5,7-DHT). To examine the possible role of receptor recognition sites and second messenger activity in supersensitivity, we measured regional 5-HT2 receptor ligand binding and 5-HT-stimulated phosphoinositide turnover in adult rats with 5,7-DHT lesions made by intracisternal injection and their saline-treated controls. In [3H]ketanserin binding studies of fresh brain tissue two weeks after 5,7-DHT injection, there were no significant changes in frontal cortex, brainstem, or spinal cord in Bmax, Kd, or nH of 5-HT2 receptors, 5,7-DHT lesions did not affect basal levels of [3H]inositol phosphate (IP) accumulation but significantly increased 5-HT-stimulated [3H]IP accumulation in the brainstem (+27%) and cortex (+23%). Because brainstem rather than cortex is involved in 5-HTP-evoked myoclonus, increased 5-HT-stimulated phosphoinositide hydrolysis in brainstem following 5,7-DHT lesions in the rat may be relevant to serotonergic behavioral supersensitivity.

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