5-HT(1A) receptor sensitivity in 5-HT(1B) receptor KO mice is unaffected by chronic fluvoxamine treatment

C.H. Vinkers, L. Groenink, T. Pattij, B. Olivier, J.A. Bouwknecht

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The 5-HT(1B) receptor has been implicated in disorders such as depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In mice lacking the 5-HT(1B) receptor (5-HT(1B) knockout mice), important changes in physiology and behavior exist. In the absence of presynaptic 5-HT(1B) receptor inhibition, chronic SSRI treatment may differentially affect 5-HT(1A) receptor functionality. The present studies tested the hypothesis that chronically reducing 5-HT transporter (5-HTT) function with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment would accelerate 5-HT(1A) receptor desensitization in 5-HT(1B) knockout mice. Moreover, as 5-HT(1B) knockout mice have been found to display exaggerated autonomic and locomotor responses to environmental stressors, the effects of chronic SSRI treatment on the hyperreactive phenotype of 5-HT(1B) knockout mice were investigated. The stress-reducing effect of the 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist flesinoxan on increases in body temperature, heart rate and locomotor activity was similar in wild type and 5-HT(1B) knockout mice before and after chronic 21-day treatment with the SSRI fluvoxamine, indicating no apparent alteration of 5-HT(1A) receptor sensitivity in 5-HT(1B) knockout mice. Also, chronic SSRI treatment did not alter the increased stress reactivity to mild environmental stressors in 5-HT(1B) knockout mice. We demonstrate that no apparent differences in 5-HT(1A) receptor sensitivity occur between 5-HT(1B) knockout and wild type mice after chronic fluvoxamine treatment. Also, the hyperreactive phenotype of 5-HT(1B) knockout mice is unresponsive to chronic SSRI treatment. Taken together, these results indicate that constitutive absence of 5-HT(1B) receptors does not result in adaptive changes in 5-HT(1A) receptor functionality and that chronic SSRI treatment does not modify stress reactivity in 5-HT(1B) knockout mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-257
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean journal of pharmacology
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2011


  • Animals
  • Body Temperature/drug effects
  • Fluvoxamine/pharmacology
  • Gene Knockout Techniques
  • Heart Rate/drug effects
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Motor Activity/drug effects
  • Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT1A/metabolism
  • Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT1B/deficiency
  • Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors/pharmacology
  • Stress, Physiological/drug effects
  • Time Factors

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