The effects of (+)-fenfluramine, (+)-norfenfluramine and reserpine on the concentrations of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in brainstem and telencephalon were studied in rats treated with methergoline, a 5-HT antagonist. Methergoline significantly reduced the effect of (+)-norfenfluramine (5 mg/kg) on 5-HT levels in telencephalon and brainstem but did not modify the effect of (+)-norfenfluramine (2.5 mg/kg). Neither the effect of (+)-fenfluramine on 5-HT levels nor the decrease of 5-HT metabolism caused by (+)-fenfluramine and (+)-norfenfluramine was significantly modified by methergoline treatment. Methergoline potentiated the effects of reserpine on brain indoles. The effect was particularly evident on 5-HIAA levels in the brainstem, although significant effects were found on 5-HT in the brainstem and 5-HIAA in the telencephalon depending on the dose of reserpine used. The results show that postsynaptic receptor activation may partially contribute to the depletion of brain 5-HT caused by (+)-norfenfluramine in the rat. This mechanism does not seem to play a significant role in the effect of (+)-fenfluramine.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||British Journal of Pharmacology|
|Publication status||Published - 1982|
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