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Eur J Pharmacol. 1997 Aug 6;332(2):173-81.

Effects of the 5-HT1 receptor agonists, sumatriptan and CP 93,129, on dural arterial flow in the rat.

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Department of Physiology, University of W├╝rzburg, Germany.


The blood flow in and around the medial meningeal artery (dural arterial flow) was recorded in the exposed parietal dura mater encephali of the anesthetized rat using laser Doppler flowmetry. Local electrical stimulation of the dura mater (pulses of 0.5 ms delivered at 7.5-17.5 V and 5 or 10 Hz for 30 s) caused temporary increases in dural arterial flow. The effects of the 5-HT1 receptor agonists sumatriptan and CP 93,129 on the basal flow and the electrically evoked increases in flow were examined. Topical administration of undiluted sumatriptan (12 mg/ml) lowered the basal and the evoked flow by 20% on average. Systemic (i.v.) administration of sumatriptan (0.24, 0.72 and 3.6 mumol/kg) caused a short-lasting reduction of the evoked flow increases only at the higher doses while the basal flow was not significantly altered. Systemic administration of CP 93, 129 (0.46 and 4.6 mumol/kg) caused no significant changes of the basal and the evoked flow. At a dose of 23 mumol/kg CP 93,129 lowered the basal flow by 20% and the evoked flow by 30% for 20 min. The systemic arterial pressure was not significantly altered by sumatriptan and CP 93,129 within the whole range of doses. It is suggested that sumatriptan and CP 93,129 at high doses exert inhibitory effects on those fine afferent nerve fibers which release the calcitonin gene-related peptide, since this neuropeptide mediates the evoked increases in dural arterial flow.

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