5-HT7-like receptors mediate serotonergic modulation of photo-responsiveness of the medulla bilateral neurons in the cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus

A. S.M. Saifullah, Kenji Tomioka

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Abstract

Serotonin (5-HT) suppresses the photo-responsiveness of medulla bilateral neurons (MBNs) that are involved in the coupling mechanism of the bilaterally paired optic lobe circadian pacemakers in the cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus. We found that forskolin, a highly specific activator of adenylate cyclase, mimicked the effects of serotonin on the MBNs. This fact suggests the involvement of cyclic 3′, 5′-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) in mediating the action of serotonin. We therefore tested the effects of various 5-HT receptor agonists and antagonists that are coupled to adenylate cyclase to specify the receptor involved. Application of 8-OH-DPAT that has affinity for both 5-HT1A and 5-HT7 receptors suppressed the photo-responsiveness, like forskolin. The inhibitory effect of 8-OH-DPAT was effectively blocked by clozapine, a high affinity 5-HT7 receptor antagonists with a very low affinity for 5-HT2. Ketanserin, a selective 5-HT2 antagonist, and NAN-190, a 5-HT1A antagonist, did not block it. These results suggest that serotonergic suppression of the photo-responsiveness of the MBNs is mediated by 5-HT7-like receptor subtypes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-309
Number of pages7
JournalZoological science
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • 5-HT
  • 8-OH-DPAT
  • Forskolin
  • Gryllus bimaculatus
  • Visual interneurons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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