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J Neurosci Methods. 1991 Jun;38(1):25-33.

Fast cyclic voltammetry can be used to measure stimulated endogenous 5-hydroxytryptamine release in untreated rat brain slices.

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Department of Pharmacology, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London, U.K.


Fast cyclic voltammetry at a carbon fibre microelectrode was used to monitor the time course of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) overflow in slices of rat dorsal raphe (DRN) and suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN), incubated in a brain slice chamber for over 6 h. 5-HT overflow was detected in response to electrical brain stimulation in both regions. Voltammetric evidence showed that the released substance was identical to exogenously applied 5-HT. Overflow was reversibly abolished when Ca2+ was removed from the incubating medium or when TTX was added. Ro4-1284, a reserpine like agent, irreversibly abolished 5-HT overflow from both nuclei. The 5-HT uptake blockers, citalopram, clomipramine, fenfluramine and fluvoxamine dose dependently increased overflow and slowed the rate of removal of 5-HT from the extracellular space in both regions. Benztropine had no effect on overflow in the DRN and SCN whereas it caused a significant increase in dopamine overflow in slices of caudate putamen (CPu). Xylamine had no effect on 5-HT overflow in the DRN and SCN. This evidence indicates that the release of endogenous 5-HT can be measured reliably for long periods and that FCV can be used in brain slices for quantitative studies of 5-HT release and uptake.

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