The 5-hydroxytryptamine stimulated formation of inositol phosphate is inhibited in platelets from alcoholics

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The accumulation of inositol monophosphate (IP1) was measured after stimulation of 5-hydroxytryptamine2 (5-HT2) receptors on platelets from alcoholics and healthy controls. In controls, 5-HT induced a dose-dependent response with an EC50 = 2 x 10(-6) M and a maximal response at 10(-5) M. Ritanserin, a selective 5-HT2 antagonist, markedly reduced the accumulation. The IP1 formation after stimulation by 10(-5) M 5-HT was significantly impaired in platelets from alcoholics as compared to controls. This study indicates that the 5-HT2 receptor function is inhibited in alcoholics. It also illustrates the possibility of using IP1 formation in peripheral cells as a mean of studying receptor function in disease.


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  • Medicinal Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-391
JournalLife Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Publication categoryResearch