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Neuropsychopharmacology. 2000 Nov;23(5):569-76.

Behavioral evidence for interactions between a hallucinogenic drug and group II metabotropic glutamate receptors.

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Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Connecticut Mental Health Center, and the Ribicoff Research Facilities, Rm. 335d, 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT 06508, USA.


Recent electrophysiological studies in our laboratory have demonstrated a physiological interaction between 5-HT(2A) and metabotropic glutamate2/3 (mGlu2/3) receptors in the medial prefrontal cortex. Several behavioral studies have found that phenethylamine hallucinogens with partial agonist activity at 5-HT(2A) receptors induce head shakes when directly administered into the medial prefrontal cortex. The purpose of the present experiments was to examine whether an interaction occurs between mGlu2/3 and 5-HT(2A) receptors on a behavioral level using head shakes induced by phenethylamine hallucinogens as a model of 5-HT(2A) receptor activation. Administration of the mGlu2/3 agonist LY354740 (0.3-10 mg/kg, ip) suppressed head shakes induced by the phenethylamine hallucinogen 1-(2, 5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane (DOI). Conversely, administration of the mGlu2/3 antagonist LY341495 (1 mg/kg, ip) enhanced the frequency of DOI-induced head shakes. Taken together, these results raise the possibility that the psychomimetic properties of hallucinogenic drugs may be mediated in part, via increased glutamate release following activation of 5-HT(2A) receptors.

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