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Glycogenolysis induced by serotonin in brain: identification of a new class of receptor.

Serotonin-containing neurones in brain have been proposed to have a role in the control of physiological mechanisms such as sleep, thermoregulation, pain perception and endocrine secretions as well as in the physiopathology of migraine or depressive illness. One difficulty in testing these possibilities lies in the scarcity of pharmacological agents able to interact selectively with the probably multiple classes of serotonin receptors in the central nervous system. Development of such agents would be facilitated by simple in vitro models in which biological responses to serotonin in mammalian brain could be quantified. Thus a serotonin-sensitive adenylate cyclase has been characterized in rat brain, but the response to serotonin is weak in newborn and practically absent in adult animals. In addition, two pharmacologically distinct classes of serotoninergic binding site have been identified using 3H-serotonin and 3H-spiperone as ligands, but their identification as receptors remains to be established. More recently, serotonin has been shown to stimulate phosphorylation of a neuronal protein in slices from the facial motor nucleus, although the receptors mediating this action were not characterized. We now report that serotonin stimulates glycogen hydrolysis in slices of cerebral cortex, that this action is mediated by a novel class of receptors and that tricyclic antidepressants are among the best competitive antagonists of the indolamine.[1]


  1. Glycogenolysis induced by serotonin in brain: identification of a new class of receptor. Quach, T.T., Rose, C., Duchemin, A.M., Schwartz, J.C. Nature (1982) [Pubmed]
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