R(+)-8-OH-DPAT, a serotonin(1A) receptor agonist, potentiated S(-)- sulpiride-induced dopamine release in rat medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens but not striatum

Junji Ichikawa*, Herbert Y. Meltzer

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Abstract

The serotonin (5-HT)(2A/2C) receptor antagonist ritanserin has been reported to potentiate the dopamine (DA) D(2/3) receptor antagonist raclopride-induced DA release in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and nucleus accumbens (NAC) but not striatum (STR). Because of reciprocal interactions between 5-HT(2A) and 5-HT(1A) receptors, we tested the hypothesis that 5- HT(1A) receptor agonism also potentiates D(2/3) receptor antagonist-induced DA release using a combination of the 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist R(+)-8- hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)-tetralin [R(+)-8-OH-DPAT] and the D(2/3) receptor antagonist S(-)-sulpiride (SUL). R(+)-8-OH-DPAT (0.05 mg/kg s.c.) potentiated low but not high dose SUL (1,3 but not 10 or 25 mg/kg s.c.)- induced DA release in NAC, but had no effect in STR at all doses tested (1, 3, 10, and 25 mg/kg s.c.). However, R(+)-8-OH-DPAT (0.05 mg/kg s.c.) alone had no effect on basal, potentiated SUL (10 and 25 mg/kg s.c.)-induced DA release in mPFC; the effect of low dose SUL (1 and 3 mg/kg s.c.) was not tested because it alone had no effect on DA release. This potentiation was abolished by pretreatment with the 5-HT(1A) receptor antagonist WAY100635 (0.05 mg/kg s.c.), which alone had no effect on DA release. These results suggest that 5-HT(1A) receptor agonism facilitates DA release in mPFC and NAC but not STR in combination with D2 receptor antagonism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1227-1232
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume291
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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