The enigma of renin and 5-HT1A agonists

L. D. Van De Kar, G. Battaglia, W. Pinto, Q. Li

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Typically, injection of 5-HT1A agonists to adult rats does not increase the secretion of renin. However, inhibition of 5-HT1A receptors with the antagonist WAY100635 exposes a stimulatory effect of 8-OH-DPAT. Similarly, desensitization ol 5-HT1A receptors by chronic administration of 5-HT uptake blockers (fluoxetine or paroxetine) exposes a stimulatory effect of 8-OH-DPAT or ipsapirone on the release of renin (Li et al., Biol. Psychiatry 1994; Brain Res. 1993). These observations suggest that the effects of these 5-HT1A agonists on the secretion of renin are not mediated bv activation of 5-HT1A receptors. To examine whether monoamine receptors mediate the effect of 8-OH-DPAT on renin release, rats were pretreated with the irreversible monoamine antagonist EEDQ (10 mg/kg se) and were subsequently (24 hr later) challenged with 8-OH-DPAT (500 μg/kg, sc). This dose of EEDQ reduces 3H-8-OH-DPAT binding by ± 70%. The effectiveness of EEDQ was verified from its ability to completely block the oxytocin response to 8-OH-DPAT. In vehicle pretreated rats. 8-OH-DPAT did not increase plasma renin activity or concentration. However, in EEDQ pretreated rats. 8-OH-DPAT produced a significant (4-6 fold) increase in both plasma renin activity and plasma renin concentration. Since EEDQ inactivates 5-HT1A and most other monoamine receptors, these results suggest that a non-monoamine receptor may mediate the effect of 8-OH-DPAT on the secretion of renin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A463
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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