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Hypotensive spinal serotonergic effect. Are S1 or S2 receptors involved?

Since previous data obtained in anesthetized rats supported the idea that the activation of spinal serotonergic receptors induced a hypotensive effect, it was decided to characterize more closely the serotonergic spinal involvement and to elucidate the serotonergic receptor type involved in this effect. After female Wistar rats were anesthetized, the femoral artery (for blood pressure measurement) and vein (for parenteral injection of drugs) were cannulated. An intrathecal catheter was positioned with the tip at the T6-L3 intervertebral space. The results showed that the dose-dependent decrease in mean blood pressure induced by serotonin administered at the T6-L3 level was prevented by giving the serotonergic S2 antagonist ritanserin intravenously. The intravenous administration of 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine, a direct serotonergic agonist, induced a dose-dependent hypotension previously shown to originate at spinal cord level. This effect was prevented by intrathecal administration of ketanserin, an S2-receptor antagonist. The selective agonist of the S1-type receptors, 8-hydroxy-dipropylaminotetralin, given at the same level of the spinal cord, failed to induce any effect on mean blood pressure. The results suggest that the hypotensive effect obtained after the spinal serotonergic activation involves serotonin receptors of the S2 type.[1]


  1. Hypotensive spinal serotonergic effect. Are S1 or S2 receptors involved? Berger, A., Ramirez, A.J. Hypertension (1988) [Pubmed]
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