Potentiating action of MKC-242, a selective 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist, on the photic entrainment of the circadian activity rhythm in hamsters

T. Moriya, Y. Yoshinobu, M. Ikeda, S. Yokota, M. Akiyama, Shigenobu Shibata

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    1. Serotonergic projections from the midbrain raphe nuclei to the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) are known to regulate the photic entrainment of circadian clocks. However, it is not known which 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) receptor subtypes are involved in the circadian regulation. In order to verify the role of 5-HT(1A) receptors, we examined the effects of 5-{3-[((2S)-1,4-benzodioxan-2-ylmethyl)amino]-propoxy}-1,3-benzodioxole HCl (MKC-242), a selective 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist, on photic entrainment of wheel-running circadian rhythms of hamsters. 2. MKC-242 (3 mg kg-1, i.p.) significantly accelerated the re-entrainment of wheel-running rhythms to a new 8 h delayed or advanced light-dark cycle. 3. MKC-242 (3 mg kg-1, i.p.) also potentiated the phase advance of the wheel-running rhythm produced by low (5 lux) or high (60 lux) intensity light pulses. In contrast, 8-hydroxy-dipropylaminotetralin (8-OH-DPAT) (5 mg kg-1, i.p.), a well known 5-HT(1A)/5-HT7 receptor agonist, only suppressed low intensity (5 lux) light-induced phase advances. 4. The potentiating actions of MKC-242 on light pulse-induced phase advances were observed even when injected 20 or 60 min after the light exposure. 5. The potentiating action of MKC-242 was antagonized by WAY100635, a selective S-HT(1A) receptor blocker, but not by ritanserin, a 5-HT2/5-HT7 receptor blocker, indicating that MKC-242 is activating 5-HT(1A) receptors. 6. Light pulse-induced c-fos expression in the SCN and the intergeniculate leaflet (IGL) were unaffected by MKC-242 (3 mg kg-1, i.p.). 7. HPLC analysis demonstrated that MKC-242 (3 mg kg-1, i.p.) decreased the 5-HIAA content in the SCN. 8. The present results suggest that presynaptic 5-HT(1A) receptor activation may be involved in the potentiation of photic entrainment by MKC-242 in hamsters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1281-1287
    Number of pages7
    JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
    Volume125
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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    Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT1A
    Circadian Rhythm
    Cricetinae
    Suprachiasmatic Nucleus
    Light
    Running
    Ritanserin
    osemozotan
    8-Hydroxy-2-(di-n-propylamino)tetralin
    Circadian Clocks
    Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid
    Serotonin Receptors
    Photoperiod
    Serotonin
    High Pressure Liquid Chromatography

    Keywords

    • 5-HT(1A) receptor
    • 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)
    • Circadian rhythm
    • Light-entrainment

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    • Pharmacology

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    Potentiating action of MKC-242, a selective 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist, on the photic entrainment of the circadian activity rhythm in hamsters. / Moriya, T.; Yoshinobu, Y.; Ikeda, M.; Yokota, S.; Akiyama, M.; Shibata, Shigenobu.

    In: British Journal of Pharmacology, Vol. 125, No. 6, 1998, p. 1281-1287.

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