Selective cross-tolerance to 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 receptor-mediated temperature and corticosterone responses

J. Frank Nash*, Herbert Y. Meltzer, Gary A. Gudelsky

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The repeated administration of 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeODMT, 3 mg/kg, twice daily for 14 days) significantly diminished hypothermia and corticosterone secretion induced by an acute challenge with the 5-HT1A agonist 8-OH-DPAT (0.1 mg/kg) when compared to the responses in animals treated chronically with the solvent vehicle. In contrast, the chronic administration of 5-MeODMT did not alter the magnitude of hyperthermia or corticosterone secretion induced by the acute administration of MK-212 (1.0 mg/kg). The repeated administration of the 5-HT2 agonist DOI (1.0 mg/kg, daily for 7 days) significantly reduced the increase in corticosterone, but not body temperature, produced by MK-212. Chronic treatment with DOI did not alter the hypothermia or increase in corticosterone secretion elicited by 8-OH-DPAT. These data are consistent with other evidence that these physiological effects of 8-OH-DPAT and MK-212 are mediated by 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 receptors, respectively. Thus, data presented in these studies are suggestive that the chronic administration of 5-MeODMT diminishes the responsiveness of 5-HT1A receptor-mediated changes in body temperature and cortiscosterone secretion without altering the responses mediated by 5-HT2 receptors. In contrast, the chronic administration of DOI selectively diminishes the magnitude of 5-HT2 receptor-mediated changes in corticosterone secretion without affecting the responsiveness of those receptors involved in thermoregulatory responses. These selective changes in receptor responsiveness following the chronic administration of these 5-HT agonists further establishes the independence of 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 receptor-mediated pharmacological effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-785
Number of pages5
JournalPharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1989


  • 5-MeODMT
  • 8-OH-DPAT
  • Body temperature
  • Corticosterone
  • Cross-tolerance
  • MK-212
  • Tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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