Physiologically identified 5-HT2-like receptors at the crayfish neuromuscular junction

Jami N. Tabor, Robin L. Cooper

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The model synaptic preparation of the crayfish opener neuromuscular junction is known to be responsive to exogenous application of 5-HT. The primary effect of 5-HT is an enhancement of vesicular release from the presynaptic motor nerve terminal. 5-HT is known to act through an IP3 cascade which suggests the presence of a 5-HT2 receptor subtype; however, this is based on vertebrate 5-HT receptor classification. We examined this possibility by using a selective agonist and two antagonists of the vertebrate 5-HT2 receptor subtypes. The antagonist ketanserin and spiperone reduce the responsiveness of 5-HT in a dose-dependent manner. The broad 5-HT2 receptor agonist, α-methyl-5-hydroxytryptamine (α-Me-5-HT) enhances synaptic transmission, in a concentration-dependent manner, but it is not as potent as 5-HT. These results support the notion that a 5-HT2 receptor subtype is present presynaptically on the crayfish motor nerve terminals. By knowing the types of 5-HT receptors present on the presynaptic motor nerve terminals in this model synaptic preparation, a better understanding of the mechanisms of action of 5-HT on vesicular release will be forthcoming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-98
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Research
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 5 2002

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding was provided by NSF grants IBN-9808631 (RLC), NSF-ILI-DUE 9850907 (RLC) and a G. Ribble Fellowship for undergraduate studies in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Kentucky (JT).

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Cryfish
  • Neuromodulation
  • Presynaptic
  • Serotonin
  • Synapse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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