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Synapse. 2011 Oct;65(10):1113-7. doi: 10.1002/syn.20942. Epub 2011 May 3.

Assessing the sensitivity of [¹¹C]p943, a novel 5-HT1B radioligand, to endogenous serotonin release.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.


The main objective of the current study was to determine the sensitivity of the positron emission tomography (PET) radioligand [¹¹C]P943 to fenfluramine-induced changes in endogenous 5-HT in nonhuman primate brain. Fenfluramine-induced changes in 5-HT(1B) occupancy were compared to those obtained by self-block with unlabeled P943. Two baboons and 1 rhesus monkey were given preblocking or displacing doses of fenfluramine (1-5 mg/kg) or preblocking doses of unlabeled P943 (0.2 mg/kg) and imaged with [¹¹C]P943 PET. Receptor occupancy by the low dose of fenfluramine (1 mg/kg) in the baboons was 25 and 29% and by the high dose of fenfluramine (5 mg/kg) in the rhesus macaque was 42%. Receptor occupancy by P943 (0.2 mg/kg) was 68 and 86% in the baboons. PET imaging of 5-HT(1B) receptors with [¹¹C]P943 may be a useful approach for measuring changes in endogenous 5-HT in the living human brain.

Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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