In vagosympathectomised dogs pre-treated intravenously (i.v.) with mesulergine (300 μg/kg), 1-min intracarotid (i.c.) infusions of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT; 0.3-30 μg/min) and sumatriptan (1-30 μg/min) dose-dependently decreased external carotid blood flow, without affecting mean blood pressure or heart rate. Treatment with the selective 5-HT(1B) receptor antagonist SB224289 (2,3,6,7-tetrahydro-1'-methyl-5-[2'-methyl-4'(5-methyl-1,2,4-oxadiazol-3-yl) biphenyl-4-carbonyl]furo[2,3f]indole-3-spiro-4'-piperidine hydrochloride; 30-300 μg/kg, i.v.) produced a potent, specific and dose-dependent blockade of this response, whereas the selective 5-HT(1D) receptor antagonist BRL15572 (1-(3-chlorophenyl)-4-[3,3-diphenyl(2-(S,R) hydroxypropanyl)piperazine]hydrochloride; 30-300 μg/kg, i.v.) was ineffective. It is concluded that mainly 5-HT(1B), but not 5-HT(1D) receptors mediate the canine external carotid vasoconstriction by 5-HT and sumatriptan. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

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European Journal of Pharmacology
Department of Pharmacology