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Neuropsychopharmacology. 2009 Jul;34(8):1958-67. doi: 10.1038/npp.2009.29. Epub 2009 Mar 25.

5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(2C) receptors exert opposing effects on locomotor activity in mice.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0804, USA.

Abstract

Although it is well established that hallucinogens act as 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(2C) receptor agonists, little is known about the relative contributions of 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(2C) receptors to the acute behavioral effects of these drugs. The behavioral pattern monitor was used to characterize the effects of the hallucinogen 1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane (DOI) on locomotor and investigatory behavior in mice. Studies were also conducted to assess the contributions of 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(2C) receptors to the behavioral effects of DOI. DOI produced an inverted U-shaped dose-response function, with lower doses (0.625-5.0 mg/kg) increasing and higher doses (> or =10 mg/kg) decreasing locomotor activity. The increase in locomotor activity induced by 1.0 mg/kg DOI was absent in 5-HT(2A) receptor KO mice, suggesting the involvement of 5-HT(2A) receptors. The reduction in locomotor activity produced by 10 mg/kg DOI was potentiated in 5-HT(2A) KO mice and attenuated by pretreatment with the selective 5-HT(2C/2B) antagonist SER-082. These data indicate that the decrease in locomotor activity induced by 10 mg/kg DOI is mediated by 5-HT(2C) receptors, an interpretation that is supported by the finding that the selective 5-HT(2C) agonist WAY 161,503 produces reductions in the locomotor activity that are potentiated in 5HT(2A) KO mice. These results show for the first time that 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(2C) receptors both contribute to the effects of DOI on locomotor activity in mice. Furthermore, these data also suggest that 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(2C) receptors exert opposing effects on locomotor activity.

PMID:
19322172
PMCID:
PMC2697271
DOI:
10.1038/npp.2009.29
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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