Neuroscience letters

Inhibitory actions of serotonin on glutamate release in dorsal medulla suppress systemic arterial pressure of cats.

PMID 14729238


The role of serotonin and glutamate release in dorsal medulla (DM) for regulation of systemic arterial pressure (SAP) was examined with microdialysis and high performance liquid chromatograph in anesthetized cats. KCl-perfusion in DM increased serotonin and glutamate concentrations in DM. Perfusion of serotonin resulted in decreases in glutamate concentration and SAP. Perfusion of alaproclate, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor that produced an increase in serotonin concentration in DM, had the same results as perfusion of serotonin. In conclusion, serotonin and glutamate appeared to be tonically and endogenously released from nerve terminals in DM, and the decrease in SAP could be attributed to the decreased glutamate release resulting from inhibitory action of serotonin in DM. The putative roles of serotonin and glutamate in DM may be important in SAP regulation.