Although several studies have emphasized a crucial role for the serotonergic system in the control of hippocampal excitability, the role of serotonin (5-HT) and its receptors in normal and pathologic conditions, such as temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), is still unclear. The present study was therefore designed firstly to investigate the acute effect of 8-OH-DPAT, a mixed 5-HT1A/7 receptor agonist, at a high dose (1 mg/kg, i.p.) known to have antiepileptic properties, in a model of acute partial epilepsy in rats. For this purpose, a maximal dentate activation (MDA) protocol was used to measure electrographic seizure onset and duration. In addition, the effect of 8-OH-DPAT on in vivo dentate gyrus cell reactivity and short- and long-term plasticity was studied. Rats injected with 8-OH-DPAT exhibited a significant reduction in MDA and epileptic discharges, a decrease in paired-pulse facilitation and an increase in long-term potentiation. This study suggests that 8-OH-DPAT or in general 5-HT1A/7 agonists might be useful for the treatment of TLE and also have some beneficial effects on the comorbid cognitive disorders seen in epileptic patients.
|Numero di pagine||11|
|Rivista||Experimental Brain Research|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2013|
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