Modulation of Vasoactivity and Platelet Aggregation by Selective 5-HT Receptor Antagonism in Humans

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Distinct serotonin [5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)] receptors are involved in platelet aggregation and vasoconstriction. Compounds that simultaneously and selectively inhibit the pertaining 5-HT receptors may therefore represent a therapeutic strategy for arterial thrombosis, observed frequently after atherosclerotic plaque rupture. The vasoactive and antiplatelet effects of the combined 5-HT1B and 5-HT2A receptor blocker SL65.0472-00 were investigated in humans to elucidate the functional involvement of these receptors.


Twenty-four volunteers, divided into 2 groups of 12, received an oral dose of 20 mg of SL65.0472-00 or placebo in a randomized, double-blind, crossover study. Pre dose and at 2, 4, and 6 hours after dosing, intra-arterial infusions of 5-HT1B agonist sumatriptan (n = 12) or 5-HT (n = 12) were administered. Forearm blood flow (FBF) was measured using plethysmography, and platelet aggregation was measured using whole blood aggregometry induced by a combination of a threshold collagen concentration and an excess of 5-HT. Treatments were compared using analysis of variance.


After placebo treatment, infusion of 1 ng·kg−1·min−1 5-HT induced vasodilatation (FBF +80% change from baseline), whereas infusion of 30 and 80 ng·kg−1·min−1 5-HT resulted in vasoconstriction (FBF −25% and −50%). After SL65.0472-00 treatment, all 5-HT doses induced vasodilatation (FBF +25%–60%). Sumatriptan dose dependently decreased FBF (maximally −35%), but this effect was not altered by SL65.0472-00 treatment. 5-HT–induced platelet aggregation was effectively inhibited by 90% after SL65.0472-00 treatment for at least 6 hours.


SL65.0472-00 has potent antagonistic effect on 5-HT–induced vasoconstriction and platelet aggregation but not on sumatriptan-induced vasoconstriction. This suggests that in humans, SL65.0472-00 is a 5-HT2A blocker without clear 5-HT1B antagonistic activity.

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