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5-HT2 receptors exert a state-dependent regulation of dopaminergic function: studies with MDL 100,90

5-HT2 receptors exert a state-dependent regulation of dopaminergic function: studies with MDL 100,90

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    Eur J Pharmacol. 1992 Nov 13;223(1):65-74.
    Schmidt CJ, Fadayel GM, Sullivan CK, Taylor VL.

    Abstract

    The highly selective 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, MDL 100,907, was used to explore the role of serotonin in the stimulation of dopaminergic function produced by the amphetamine analogue 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). MDL 100,907 blocked MDMA-stimulated dopamine synthesis in vivo without affecting basal synthesis. The long-term deficits in 5-HT concentrations believed to be a consequence of MDMA-induced dopamine release were also blocked by MDL 100,907 over the same dose range. In vivo microdialysis confirmed that 5-HT2 receptor blockade with MDL 100,907 attenuated MDMA-induced increases in extracellular concentrations of striatal dopamine. In contrast to its effect on MDMA-induced synthesis, MDL 100,907 did not alter dopamine synthesis stimulated by haloperidol or reserpine. In vivo dopamine release produced by haloperidol was also unaffected by MDL 100,907. The results suggest a permissive role for 5-HT2 receptors in the activation of the dopamine system which occurs during states of high serotonergic activity or during conditions of elevated dopamine efflux with high D2 receptor occupancy.
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