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

Effects of 5-HT3 agonists on reproductive behaviors in rats.

Activity at 5-HT1 and 5-HT2 receptor sites influences sexual behavior in male and female rats. 5-HT3 antagonists reportedly have no effect on copulatory activity in rats of either sex although they influence a variety of other behaviors. The effects of 5-HT3 agonists on sexual behavior are unknown. The following experiments were undertaken to assess the influence of the 5-HT3 agonists 1-phenylbiguanide (PBG) and 2-methyl-serotonin (2-Me-5-HT) on sexual behavior, when administered intracerebroventricularly. Consistent with earlier reports indicating that 5-HT1 and 5-HT2 receptor activity influences reproductive activity in a sex-dependent manner, PBG was found to facilitate male, but not female, rat sexual behavior. 2-Me-5-HT, however, failed to modify either female or male rat sexual activity. Evidence that PBG, but not 2-Me-5-HT, induces carrier-mediated dopamine release suggests that the effect of PBG in male rats is due to dopaminergic mediation. Overall, the present data indicate that 5-HT3 receptor activation has only slight effects on rat sexual behavior.[1]


  1. Effects of 5-HT3 agonists on reproductive behaviors in rats. Tanco, S.A., Watson, N.V., Gorzalka, B.B. Psychopharmacology (Berl.) (1994) [Pubmed]
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