Neuroscience research

5-Hydroxytryptamine-induced outward currents mediated via 5-HT(1A) receptors in neurons of the rat dorsolateral septal nucleus.

PMID 10958979


Effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) on neurons of the rat dorsolateral septal nucleus (DLSN) were examined by intracellular and whole-cell patch-clamp recording techniques. An outward current was induced by 5-HT (1-100 microM) in a concentration-dependent manner. The EC(50) for 5-HT was 4.8 microM. Also, 8-OH-DPAT (10-100 microM) produced the outward current an EC(50) of 17 microM. Amplitudes of the outward currents produced by 5-HT (100 microM) and 8-OH-DPAT (100 microM) were 117+/-4 (n=6) and 58+/-8 pA (n=6), respectively. Fluvoxamine (200 nM), a specific serotonin re-uptake inhibitor, enhanced the 5-HT (1 microM)-induced outward current: the EC(50) for 5-HT was 0.5 microM in the presence of fluvoxamine (200 nM). L-694247 (100 microM) and CP 93129 (100 microM) also produced outward currents with amplitudes of 33+/-3 (n=4) and 18+/-5 pA (n=4), respectively in DLSN neurons. DOI (100 microM) and RS 67333 (100 microM) did not produce outward currents. NAN-190 shifted, in a parallel manner, the concentration-response relationship of 5-HT to the right. The Lineweaver-Burk plot of the concentration-response curve showed that NAN-190 depressed the 5-HT-induced current in a competitive manner. The current-voltage relationship indicates that the 5-HT-induced current reversed polarity at a potential close to the equilibrium potential of K(+). Ba(2+) (100 microM-1 mM) partially depressed the outward current produced by 5-HT. These results suggest that 5-HT induces multiple K(+) currents via 5-HT(1A) receptors in DLSN neurons.