Serotonin agonists cause parallel activation of the sympathoadrenomedullary system and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis in conscious rats

G. Bagdy, A. E. Calogero, D. L. Murphy, K. Szemeredi

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The effects of three potent serotonin (5-HT) agonists with different structures and 5-HT receptor binding profiles on sympathoadrenomedullary and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis functions were assessed in conscious, freely moving male Sprague-Dawley rats. The 5-HT(1A) agonist, 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT), the 5-HT(1C) agonist, m-chlorophenylpiperazine (m-CPP), and the 5-HT2/5-HT(1C) agonist, 1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl)2-aminopropane (DOI), all produced marked dose-dependent increases in plasma epinephrine and ACTH concentrations. Both epinephrine and ACTH responses peaked at 10 min and showed strong positive correlations across all drugs and doses studied. Corticosterone increases showed a saturable response pattern and were close to the maximum level with a relatively small (~2.5-fold) increase in plasma ACTH concentrations. Norepinephrine levels showed small dose-dependent increases after 8-OH-DPAT and m-CPP and decreases after DOI treatment. These results suggest that both the sympathoadrenomedullary system and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis can be activated via 5-HT1 and 5-HT2 receptors and that these two systems may have common or similar regulatory mechanisms triggered by these stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2664-2669
Number of pages6
JournalEndocrinology
Volume125
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1989

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Serotonin Receptor Agonists
8-Hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Epinephrine
Serotonin 5-HT1 Receptors
Serotonin Receptors
Corticosterone
Sprague Dawley Rats
Serotonin
Norepinephrine
Pharmaceutical Preparations
1-(3-chlorophenyl)piperazine
hydroxide ion

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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Serotonin agonists cause parallel activation of the sympathoadrenomedullary system and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis in conscious rats. / Bagdy, G.; Calogero, A. E.; Murphy, D. L.; Szemeredi, K.

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