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Mol Pharmacol March 1, 1997; 51 (3): 471-4.
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A specific inhibitory action of lithium on the 5-HT2c receptor expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes.

Matsuoka T , Nishizaki T , Sumino K .

The effect of lithium on the phosphoinositide-signaling pathway was examined in 5-HT2C receptors, which are involved in phospholipase C stimulation, expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes by voltage-clamp recording and assay of intracellular Ca2+ concentrations. Treatment with lithium for 60 sec after the initial application of 5-HT reduced Ca2+-dependent chloride currents in a dose-dependent manner (0.01-1 mM) and inhibited intracellular Ca2+ release, whereas pretreatment with lithium or injection into oocytes had no effect. Additionally, treatment with lithium for more than 24 hr reduced 5-HT-evoked currents to a much lesser extent. In contrast, the currents through other phosphoinositide-dependent receptors, such as endogenous "serum" and muscarinic ACh receptors, were not affected or less affected by a short term or long term treatment with lithium, respectively. These results indicate that lithium may have a specific blocking effect on the 5-HT2C receptors and, in part, nonselectively act on the phosphoinositide metabolic pathway.

PubMed ID: 9058602
Article link: Mol Pharmacol

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: htr2c