Journal article

Differential modulation of extracellular levels of 5-hydroxytryptamine in the rat frontal cortex by (R)- and (S)-zacopride.

NM Barnes, CH Cheng, B Costall, J Ge, RJ Naylor

British Journal of Pharmacology | Published : 1992

Abstract

1. The ability of various anxiolytic and potential anxiolytic agents to modify 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) release in the frontal cortex of the rat was assessed by the microdialysis technique. 2. The benzodiazepine receptor agonist, diazepam (2.5 mg kg-1, i.p.), the 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino) tetralin (8-OH-DPAT, 0.32 mg kg-1, s.c.) and the 5-HT1A receptor partial agonist buspirone (4.0 mg kg-1, i.p.) maximally reduced extracellular levels of 5-HT in the rat frontal cortex by approximately 50-60%, 70-80% and 30-40%, respectively. 3. (R)-zacopride (1.0-100 micrograms kg-1, i.p.) dose-dependently reduced extracellular levels of 5-HT in the rat frontal cortex (approxi..

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