Neurochemical effects of buspirone in rat hippocampus: Evidence for selective activation of 5HT neurons

T. Mennini, M. Gobbi, F. Ponzio, S. Garattini

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Abstract

The effect of buspirone on neurotransmitter systems in rat hippocampus has been evaluated in vitro and in vivo. In vitro buspirone does not affect the specific binding of 3H-flunitrazepam, 3-GABA, 3H-dexetimide, but displaces 3H-5HT binding with nanomolar affinity. Oral administration of buspirone does not modify the hippocampal concentrations of GABA, acetylcholine, choline and of 3H-flunitrazepam specifically bound in vivo, but results in a dose-dependent reduction of 5HIAA and noradrenaline concentrations. While the effect on noradrenaline is also obtained in striatum of buspirone-treated animals, the effect on 5HIAA shows a regional specificity. The in vitro and in vivo data suggest that buspirone specifically activates 5HT neurons in hippocampus, and are compared with those obtained with diazepam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-49
Number of pages10
JournalArchives Internationales de Pharmacodynamie et de Therapie
Volume279
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology

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