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

Involvement of central 5-HT1A receptors in the reflex activation of pulmonary vagal motoneurones by inhaled capsaicin in anaesthetized cats.

1. The aim of the present experiments was to determine whether 5-HT1A receptors play a role in the control of the reflex activation of pulmonary vagal motoneurones. This was carried out by investigating the effects of intracisternal injections (i.c.) of the 5-HT1A receptor ligands, 8-OH-DPAT (50 micrograms kg-1), buspirone (200 micrograms kg-1), WAY-100635 (100 micrograms kg-1), methiothepin (200 micrograms kg-1) and (-)-pindolol (100 micrograms kg-1) and the 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, cinanserin (200 micrograms kg-1), on the reflex bronchoconstriction evoked by inhaled capsaicin aerosol in alpha-chloralose anaesthetized, neuromuscularly blocked and artificially ventilated cats. Recordings were made of heart rate, blood pressure and upper tracheal pressure. 2. Central application of all the 5-HT1A receptor antagonists (methiothepin, WAY-100635 and (-)-pindolol) attenuated the reflex bronchoconstriction in the upper trachea. However, the same dose of WAY-100635 given i.v. had no effect on this reflex bronchoconstriction. The 5-HT1A receptor agonist, 8-OH-DPAT (50 micrograms kg-1) given i.c., potentiated the capsaicin-evoked reflex bronchoconstriction, whereas buspirone (200 micrograms kg-1) i.c. had no effect. The 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, cinanserin (200 micrograms kg-1) also had no effect. 3. It is concluded that the reflex excitation of pulmonary vagal motoneurones by inhaled capsaicin in alpha-chloralose anaesthetized cats involves the activation of central 5-HT1A receptors.[1]


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