5-HT receptors: implications for the neuropharmacology of alcohol and alcoholism.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The involvement of serotonergic mechanisms in the neuropharmacology of alcohol was appreciated before it was recognized that there were multiple subtypes of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine; 5-HT) receptors. Thus, it was known that manipulations of the central serotonergic system could lead to a modification of the rate of tolerance development to alcohol (Frankel et al., 1975) or to a modulation of alcohol intake (Myers and Martin, 1973; Myers and Melchior, 1975) before Peroutka and Snyder (1979) first suggested that there were at least two subtypes of 5-HT receptors. Since these early reports were written, there has been a wealth of studies which have continued to support a role for 5-HT in the regulation of alcohol intake (See McBride et al., 1993b; Sellers et al., 1992, for reviews). Simultaneously, a tremendous expansion in the number of known 5-HT receptor subtypes has occurred (See Peroutka, 1988). However, there have not been, to our knowledge, any papers which have examined the possible role of specific 5-HT receptor subtypes in the regulation of alcohol's central effects. The present review addresses this deficiency in the literature. This review will focus on three major areas: the pharmacological regulation of alcohol intake; differences in 5-HT receptor subtypes among alcohol-preferring and -nonpreferring rat strains; and alterations in 5-HT receptor subtypes following chronic exposure to alcohol.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Overstreet, DH; Rezvani, AH; Pucilowski, O; Janowsky, DS

Published Date

  • 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 /

Start / End Page

  • 205 - 210

PubMed ID

  • 8974337

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1358-6173


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England