Effects of novel 5-HT1A receptor antagonists on measures of postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptor activation in vivo

Richard J. Thielen, Alan Frazer

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The effects of two putative 5-HT1A antagonists, 4-(2′-methoxyphenyl)-1-[2′-[N-(2″-pyridinyl)-p-iodobenzamido]ethyl]piperazine (p-MPPI) and 4-(2′-methoxyphenyl)-1-[2′-[N-(2″-pyridinyl)-p-flourobenzamido]ethyl]piperazine (p-MPPF), were examined in vivo in two tests of postsynaptic 5-HT1A receptor activation, hypothermia and reciprocal forepaw treading, in the rat. Both p-MPPI (10 mg/Kg, I.p.) and p-MPPF (10 mg/Kg, I.p.) antagonized the hypothermia induced by the 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT) (0.5 mg/Kg, S.c.). Neither p-MPPI nor p-MPPF administered alone at a dose of 10 mg/kg (i.p.) induced hypothermia. Similarly, both p-MPPI (10 mg/Kg, I.p.) and p-MPPF (2.5 mg/Kg, I.p.) completely antagonized 8-OH-DPAT (2 mg/Kg, S.c.)-induced forepaw treading in rats pretreated with reserpine (1 mg/Kg, S.c., 18-24 hours prior to the experiment). p-MPPI and p-MPPF, at doses of 10 mg/kg (i.p.) did not induce forepaw treading in reserpine pretreated animals. The results of the present study demonstrate that p-MPPI and p-MPPF act as 5-HT1A receptor antagonists in these measures of postsynaptic 5-HT1A a receptor activation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)PL163-PL168
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 6 1995


  • 5-HT receptor
  • antagonist
  • hypothermia
  • serotonin syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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