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Hesketh, SA,Brennan, AK,Jessop, DS,Finn, DP
2008
May
Psychopharmacology
Effects of chronic treatment with citalopram on cannabinoid and opioid receptor-mediated G-protein coupling in discrete rat brain regions
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antidepressant rat cannabinoids opioid receptor paraventricular nucleus hippocampus [(35)S]GTP gamma S autoradiography SEROTONIN REUPTAKE INHIBITORS CORTICOTROPIN-RELEASING HORMONE PITUITARY-ADRENAL AXIS PREFRONTAL CORTEX ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM POSSIBLE INVOLVEMENT FLUOXETINE BINDING STRESS MICE
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Rationale There is growing interest in investigating the mechanisms of action of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), beyond their association with the serotonergic system, due to their wide therapeutic potential for disorders including depression, pain and addiction.Objective The aim of this study was to investigate whether chronic treatment with the SSRI, citalopram, alters the functional coupling of G(i/o)-associated cannabinoid type 1 (CB1) and mu-opioid receptors in selected areas of rat brain implicated in psychiatric disorders and pain.Methods Using an autoradiographic approach, the effects of the cannabinoid receptor agonist, HU210 (in the presence or absence of the CB1 receptor antagonist AM251), or the mu-opioid receptor agonist, [D-Ala(2),N-Me-Phe4,Gly(5)-ol]-enkephalin (DAMGO; in the presence or absence of the mu-opioid receptor antagonist D-Phe-Cys-Tyr-D-Trp-Orn-Thr-Pen-Thr-NH2), on [S-35]GTP gamma S binding in discrete brain regions of citalopram-treated (10 mg kg(-1) day(-1) for 14 days by subcutaneous minipump) and control rats were investigated.Results The HU210-induced increase in [S-35]GTP gamma S binding observed in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus of control rats was abolished after chronic treatment with citalopram. Reduced response to HU210 in rats receiving chronic treatment with citalopram was also observed in the hippocampus and medial geniculate nucleus. Citalopram had no significant effect on DAMGO-induced [S-35]GTP gamma S binding in the brain regions investigated, with the exception of the medial geniculate nucleus where a modest impairment was observed.Conclusions These data provide evidence for reduced cannabinoid receptor-mediated G-protein coupling in the hypothalamus, hippocampus and medial geniculate nucleus of rats chronically treated with citalopram, effects which may, in part, underlie the mechanism of action of SSRIs.
DOI 10.1007/s00213-007-1033-3
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