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Life Sci November 17, 2000; 67 (26): 3241-7.
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ALEPH-2, a suspected anxiolytic and putative hallucinogenic phenylisopropylamine derivative, is a 5-HT2a and 5-HT2c receptor agonist.

Acuña-Castillo C , Scorza C , Reyes-Parada M , Cassels BK , Huidobro-Toro JP .

To assess the pharmacodynamic profile of ALEPH-2, a phenylisopropylamine derivative with alleged anxiolytic and hallucinogenic properties, Xenopus laevis oocytes were microinjected with either of the rat cRNA for the 5-HT2A or the 5-HT2C receptor. Concentration-response curves were obtained following the exposure of the oocytes to varying concentrations of either ALEPH-2 or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) for 10 s. ALEPH-2 is a partial agonist on the 5-HT2A receptor with a similar potency to 5-HT. In contrast, ALEPH-2 is a full 5-HT2C receptor agonist and is about 15-fold less potent than 5-HT. Pre-application of 1 microM ritanserin antagonized the responses induced by 5-HT and ALEPH-2 to the same extent; however, the 5-HT2A receptor is more sensitive to ritanserin blockade than the 5-HT2C receptor.

PubMed ID: 11191631
Article link: Life Sci

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: htr2c