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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

The somatostatin receptor (sst1) modulates the release of somatostatin in the nucleus accumbens of the rat.

The aim of the present study was to examine the function of the somatostatin receptor (sst(1)) in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) of the basal ganglia. Radioligand binding studies were performed in rats to assess the presence of the receptor, while in vivo microdialysis studies were performed to examine its role in somatostatin release. CH-275, which is selective for sst(1), MK-678, selective for sst(2) and L-803,087, selective for sst(4) receptors displaced [(125)I]-Tyr(11)-somatostatin specific binding in a concentration-dependent manner with IC(50) values of 75, 0.21 and 11 nM, respectively. Infusion of CH-275 (10(-5), 10(-6) or 10(-7) M) in the NAc of freely moving rats resulted in a decrease in somatostatin levels only at the concentration of 10(-5) M. This effect was reversed by 10(-5) M of the selective sst(1) antagonist SRA-880. The sst(1) agonist L-797,591 (10(-5) M) mimicked the effect of CH-275, while MK-678 and L-803,087 at the same concentration were unable to influence somatostatin levels. These results provide functional evidence to demonstrate that the sst(1) receptor modulates somatostatin release in the basal ganglia.[1]


  1. The somatostatin receptor (sst1) modulates the release of somatostatin in the nucleus accumbens of the rat. Vasilaki, A., Papasava, D., Hoyer, D., Thermos, K. Neuropharmacology (2004) [Pubmed]
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