Demonstration of the facilitatory role of 8-OH-DPAT on cholinergic transmission in the rat hippocampus using in vivo microdialysis

Takeshi Fujii, Masayuki Yoshizawa, Katsuhiko Nakai, Kazuko Fujimoto, Takeshi Suzuki, Koichiro Kawashima

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The role of the serotonin (5-HT)(1A) receptor in the regulation of acetylcholine (ACh) release in the hippocampus was investigated using an in vivo microdialysis technique and a sensitive radioimmunoassay specific for ACh. The mean (± S.E.M.) basal ACh contents in the hippocampal perfusate of conscious, freely moving rats was 60 ± 4 (n = 29) and 3691 ± 265 fmol/30 min(n = 31), respectively, in the absence and presence of physostigmine (Phy) in the perfusion fluid. Systemic administration of 8-hydroxy-2-(di-n- propylamino)tetralin (8-OH-DPAT, 0.5 mg/kg, s.c.), a 5-HT(1A) agonist, significantly enhanced ACh release both in the presence and absence of Phy. Local application of 8-OH-DPAT (3-30 μM) into the hippocampus through the microdialysis probe significantly potentiated ACh release only in the presence of Phy, whereas no significant effect was observed in its absence. Pretreatment with NAN-190 (3 mg/kg, i.p.), a 5-HT(1A) antagonist, eliminated the increasing effect of systemically applied 8-OH-DPAT on ACh release, while NAN-190 alone had no effect on basal ACh release either in the absence or presence of Phy. Consistent with the time course of ACh release, systemic administration of 8-OH-DPAT evoked hyperlocomotion, which was reversed by NAN-190. However, local hippocampal application of 8-OH-DPAT did not affect the locomotor activity of the rats. These findings suggest that at least two different sites are involved in the 8-OH-DPAT-induced increase in the release of ACh in the rat hippocampus in vivo.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-249
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jul 4


  • 8-Hydroxy-2(di-n-propylamino)tetralin
  • Acetylcholine
  • Hippocampus
  • Microdialysis
  • NAN- 190
  • Radioimmunoassay
  • Serotonin(1A) receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology


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