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Brain Res. 2000 May 19;865(1):85-90.

Biochemical and electrophysiological evidence that RO 60-0175 inhibits mesolimbic dopaminergic function through serotonin(2C) receptors.

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Laboratorio di Neurofisiologia, Dipartimento di Farmacologia e Patologia Molecolare, Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche 'Mario Negri', Consorzio 'Mario Negri' Sud, 66030 Santa Maria Imbaro, Chieti, Italy.


In vivo microdialysis and electrophysiological techniques were used to elucidate the role of the 5-HT(2) receptor family on the control of mesolimbic dopaminergic system exerted by serotonin (5-HT). Administration of RO 60-0175 (1 mg/kg, i.p.), a selective 5-HT(2C) receptor agonist, significantly decreased dopamine (DA) release by 26+/-4% (below baseline) 60 min after injection. Moreover, RO 60-0175 (80-320 microg/kg, i.v.) dose-dependently decreased the basal firing rate of DA neurons in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), reaching its maximal inhibitory effect (53.9+/-15%, below baseline) after the dose of 320 microg/kg. The selective 5-HT(2C) receptor antagonist SB 242084 completely blocked the inhibitory action of RO 60-0175 on accumbal DA release and on the firing rate of VTA DA cells. On the contrary, both (+/-)-DOI, a mixed 5-HT(2A/2C) receptor agonist, and the selective 5-HT(2B) agonist BW 723C86, did not affect either DA release in the nucleus accumbens or the firing rate of VTA DA cells. Taken together, these data confirm that central 5-HT system exerts an inhibitory control on the mesolimbic DA system and that 5-HT(2C) receptors are involved in this effect.

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