The effect of serotonin(1A) receptor agonism on antipsychotic drug-induced dopamine release in rat striatum and nucleus accumbens

Junji Ichikawa*, Herbert Y. Meltzer

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Serotonin (5-HT)(1A) receptor agonism may be of interest in regard to both the antipsychotic action and extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) of antipsychotic drugs (APD) based, in part, on the effect of 5-HT(1A) receptor stimulation on the release of dopamine (DA) in the nucleus accumbens (NAC) and striatum (STR), respectively. We investigated the effect of R(+)-8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)-tetralin (R(+)-8-OH-DPAT) and n-[2-[4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-piperazinyl]ethyl]-n-(2-pyridinyl)cyclohexanecarboxamide trihydrochloride (WAY100635), a selective 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist and antagonist, respectively, on basal and APD-induced DA release. In both STR and NAC, R(+)-8-OH-DPAT (0.2 mg/kg) decreased basal DA release; R(+)-8-OH-DPAT (0.05 mg/kg) inhibited DA release produced by the 5-HT(2A)/D2 receptor antagonists clozapine (20 mg/kg), low dose risperidone (0.01 and 0.03 mg/kg) and amperozide (10 mg/kg), but not that produced by high dose risperidone (0.1 and 1.0 mg/kg) or haloperidol (0.01-1.0 mg/kg), potent D2 receptor antagonists. This R(+)-8-OH-DPAT-induced inhibition of the effects of clozapine, risperidone and amperozide was antagonized by WAY100635 (0.05 mg/kg). WAY100635 (0.1-0.5 mg/kg) alone increased DA release in the STR but not NAC. The selective 5-HT(2A) receptor antagonist M100907 (1 mg/kg) did not alter the effect of R(+)-8-OH-DPAT or WAY100635 alone on basal DA release in either region. These results suggest that 5-HT(1A) receptor stimulation inhibits basal and some APD-induced DA release in the STR and NAC, and that this effect is unlikely to be mediated by an interaction with 5-HT(2A) receptors. The significance of these results for EPS and antipsychotic action is discussed. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-263
Number of pages12
JournalBrain research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 10 2000


  • 5-HT(1A) receptor
  • 5-HT(2A) receptor
  • Dopamine release
  • In vivo microdialysis
  • Nucleus accumbens and striatum
  • Rat
  • Typical and atypical antipsychotic drug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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