In-vitro acetylcholine release is not a straightforward model to study hippocampal 5-HT4 receptors

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Abstract

5-HT4 receptor (5-HT4R) activation induces procognitive effects. This might be related to stimulation of hippocampal acetylcholine release, which has been shown for 5-HT4R agonists in in-vivo models. We investigated the influence of the 5-HT4R agonists, prucalopride and BIMU-8, on acetylcholine release in rat hippocampal brain slices. In contrast to the report by Siniscalchi et al., no facilitating effect of 5-HT4R agonists on electrically evoked acetylcholine could be shown. The in our hands absence of an effect by 5-HT4R agonists illustrates that an in-vitro evaluation of 5-HT4R agonists on hippocampal acetylcholine release is not a straightforward model to study the relationship between hippocampal 5-HT4Rs and hippocampal acetylcholine release.

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