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Neuropharmacology. 1990 Mar;29(3):193-8.

Differential interactions of indolealkylamines with 5-hydroxytryptamine receptor subtypes.

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Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine, California 94305.


Affinities of drugs for 21 indolealkylamine derivatives, some with putative hallucinogenic activity, were determined at 5-HT1A, 5-HT2A and 5-HT2B recognition sites, using radioligand competition studies. Nearly all of the derivatives displayed greatest potency for the 5-HT2A receptor, labelled by [125I]R-(-)DOI in the cortex of the rat. Most derivatives displayed 2-10 times lower affinity at the HT2B receptor labelled by [3H]ketanserin in bovine cortex. Derivatives lacking ring substituents displayed lower affinities for all of the recognition sites, compared to derivatives substituted in the 4- or 5-position of the indole ring. The 4-hydroxylated derivatives displayed 25-380-fold selectivity for the 5-HT2A site, vs the 5-HT1A site, while the 5-substituted derivatives displayed approximately equal potency at the 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A sites. Affinity of all the compounds at the 5-HT2B site was greater than 300 nM. The 6-substituted derivatives displayed greater than micromolar affinities for all of the 5-HT recognition sites examined. The size of the N,N-dialkyl substituent was a secondary determinant of affinity, with groups larger than N,N-diisopropyl resulting in a marked reduction in affinity at both the 5-HT2A and 5-HT1A recognition sites. This study demonstrated that hallucinogenic 4-hydroxy-indolealkylamines, like psychotomimetic phenylisopropylamines, bind potently and selectively to the 5-HT2A recognition site, labelled by [125I]R-(-)DOI. This provides further evidence indicating that this recently described subtype of the 5-HT2 receptor may partially mediate the action of hallucinogenic agents.

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