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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1998 Dec 15;861:111-20.

Interactions between effectors linked to serotonin receptors.

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Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio 78284-7764, USA.


In general, there are two types of interactions between effector signaling pathways. "Homologous" interactions are those that occur within a receptor system to alter its own responsiveness, for example the loss of responsiveness (desensitization) that can occur upon agonist occupancy of a receptor. "Heterologous" interactions are those that occur between different receptor systems where the responsiveness of one receptor system is regulated (positively or negatively) by activation of another receptor system (i.e., "cross-talk"). Many, if not all receptors, couple to multiple cellular effector pathways and alterations in the responsiveness of a receptor system can be effector pathway-dependent which underscores the importance of studying each effector coupled to a receptor. Regulation of receptor system responsiveness, and consequently the efficacy of drugs, is a highly dynamic process. Perhaps by exploiting these interactions, new targets for pharmacotherapy may be uncovered which will provide for increased efficacy and specificity of drug action.

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