5-Hydroxytryptamine interaction with the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor

Michael P. Blanton, Elizabeth A. McCardy, John D. Fryer, Minghua Liu, Ronald J. Lukas

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The present study examines the interaction of the neurotransmitter 5- hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) with muscle-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. 5-HT inhibits the initial rate of [125I]α-bungarotoxin binding to Torpedo acetylcholine receptor membranes (IC50=8.5±0.32 mM) and [3H]5-HT can be photoincorporated into acetylcholine receptor subunits, with labeling of the α-subunit inhibitable by both agonists and competitive antagonists. Within the agonist-binding domain, [3H]5-HT photoincorporates into αTyr190, αCys192 and αCys193. Functional studies using the human clonal cell line TE671/RD, show that 5-HT is a weak inhibitor (IC50=1.55±0.25 mM) of acetylcholine receptor activity. In this regard, agonist-response profiles in the absence and presence of 5-HT indicate a noncompetitive mode of inhibition. In addition, 5-HT displaces high affinity [3H]thienylcyclohexylpiperidine binding to the desensitized Torpedo acetylcholine receptor channel (IC50=1.61±0.07 mM). Collectively, these results indicate that 5-HT interacts weakly with the agonist recognition site and inhibits receptor function noncompetitively by binding to the acetylcholine receptor channel. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Feb 18 2000


  • 5-HT (5- hydroxytryptamine, serotonin)
  • Antagonist
  • Competitive
  • Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor
  • Noncompetitive
  • Photoaffinity labeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology


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