Differential effects of serotonin 5-HT1A receptor agonists on the discriminative stimulus effects of the 5-HT2A receptor agonist 1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-methylphenyl)-2-aminopropane in rats and rhesus monkeys

Jun Xu Li, Wouter Koek, Kenner C. Rice, Charles P. France

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Abstract

Although many drugs act by indirectly stimulating multiple receptors (e.g., reuptake inhibitors), relatively little is known about interactions between agonism at different receptors. This study compared the effect of serotonin (5-HT)1A receptor agonists with the discriminative stimulus effects of the 5-HT2A receptor agonist 1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-methylphenyl)-2- aminopropane (DOM) in rats and rhesus monkeys. Eight rats discriminated 0.56 mg/kg i.p. DOM and responded under a fixed ratio (FR) 10 schedule of food presentation, whereas three rhesus monkeys discriminated 0.32 mg/kg s.c. DOM and responded under an FR 5 schedule of stimulus shock termination. DOM and the 5-HT2A receptor agonists 2,5-dimethoxy-4-n-propylthiophenethylamine (2C-T-7) and dipropyltryptamine (DPT), but not the 5-HT1A receptor agonists 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino) tetralin hydrochloride (8-OH-DPAT) and 3-chloro-4-fluorophenyl-(4-fluoro-4-([(5-methyl-6-methylaminopyridin-2-ylmethyl) amino) methyl] piperidin-1-yl) methanone (F13714), occasioned responding on the DOM-associated lever in rats and monkeys. Both 8-OH-DPAT and F13714 attenuated the discriminative stimulus effects of DOM in monkeys but not in rats; these effects of 8-OH-DPAT and F13714 were prevented by the 5-HT1A receptor antagonist N-[2-[4-(2-methoxyphenyl)-1-piperazinyl]ethyl]-N-(2-pyridyl) cyclohexanecarboxamide (WAY 100635). DPT and 2C-T-7 enhanced the discriminative stimulus effects of DOM in rats and monkeys in an additive manner. Taken together, the results suggest that the DOM discriminative stimulus is pharmacologically similar and mediated by 5-HT2A receptors in rats and monkeys; however, the ability of 5-HT1A receptor agonists to modify the effects of DOM is markedly different between these species. These results indicate possible differences in the neurobiology of 5-HT systems that could be important for studying drugs that have multiple mechanisms of action (e.g., reuptake inhibitors that indirectly stimulate multiple receptors).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-252
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Volume333
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology

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