Journal of neural transmission. General section

6-Fluoro-serotonin as a substrate for the neuronal serotonin transporter.

PMID 7857594


6-Fluoro-serotonin (6F-5-HT) was previously identified in the rat brain after peripheral administration of 6-fluoro-DL-tryptophan, a serotonin (5-HT) synthesis inhibitor. These present studies, performed with rat brain synaptosomes show that: i-neuronal 6F-5-HT uptake partly involved the 5-HT transporter since it was inhibited by clomipramine, a 5-HT uptake inhibitor, ii-6F-5-HT blocked the synaptosomal uptake of 3H-5-HT, with an IC50 value of 98 +/- 13 nM, and iii- 6F-5-HT induced 3H-5-HT release from preloaded synaptosomes, with an EC50 value of 95 +/- 6 nM; this release was decreased in the presence of clomipramine, suggesting the involvement of the 5-HT transporter. This release was also reduced when using synaptosomes from reserpinized rats, suggesting that the vesicular pool also participates to the 3H-5-HT release induced by 6F-5-HT. So, 6F-5-HT behaved as a substrate for the 5-HT neuronal transporter.