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Eur J Pharmacol. 1996 Sep 26;312(2):137-43.

A comparison of the effects of 8-OH-DPAT pretreatment of different behavioural responses to 8-OH-DPAT.

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Department of Neurochemistry, Institute of Neurology, London, UK.


The effects of daily pretreatments with the prototypical 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-hydroxy-(di-n-propylamino) tetralin (8-OH-DPAT) (1.0 mg/kg s.c.) on behavioural responses to challenge by 8-OH-DPAT (0.5 mg/kg s.c.) due to activation of 5-HT1A receptors were determined. The responses had strikingly different susceptibilities to pretreatment. These were not explicable by different effects on pre- and postsynaptic responses. Thus, two components of the 5-HT syndrome due to action at postsynaptic sites (i.e. flat body posture and reciprocal forepaw treading) were substantially attenuated 1 day after a single pretreatment with 8-OH.DPAT, but the tail-flick response, though due to action at postsynaptic 5-HT1A sites, was completely unimpaired by 14 pretreatments while the hypothermic response which also probably involves postsynaptic sites showed progressively increased attenuation on 14 pretreatments. 8-OH-DPAT-induced hyperphagia which depends on activation of presynaptic sites was unimpaired by the pretreatment schedule. The results are discussed in relation to receptor reserve, second messenger changes and effects at NMDA receptors. They imply a need for caution in the use of chronic effects of 5-HTergic drugs on specific 5-HT1A receptor-dependent responses as indices of mechanisms for the therapeutic actions of the drugs.

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