The actions of 5-hydroxytryptamine on isolated skeletal muscle preparations

Pramote Teerapong, Alan L. Harvey

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The effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT) on the mouse phrenic nerve-hemidiaphragm and frog sartorius muscle preparations were studied using twitch tension and intracellular recording methods. Between 1-7.5 mM 5HT transiently augmented the twitch response of the diaphragm to indirect, but not direct, stimulation. Above 5 mM 5HT the augmentation was followed by a concentration-dependent twitch blockade. The blockade was more apprarent in anticholinesterase-treated preparations, and was seen to a lesser extent in directly stimulated muscles. Intracellular recording from diaphragm muscles revealed that 5HT depressed the amplitudes of both miniature endplate potentials (m.e.p.p.s.) and endplate potentials (e.p.p.s.), this effect being more pronounced in the presence of neostigmine. 5HT also greatly prolonged the duration of the e.p.p.s. In the sartorius muscles, 1-5 mM 5HT slowed and depressed action potentials. It is suggested that 5HT facilitates transmission by an anticholinesterase action and inhibits by blockade of receptor ion channels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-334
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 1979


  • 5-Hydroxytryptamine
  • frog sartorius muscle
  • mouse phrenic nerve-hemidiaphragm
  • muscle action potentials
  • neuromuscular transmission
  • animal experiment
  • neostigmine
  • serotonin
  • diaphragm
  • drug binding
  • endplate potential
  • hemidiaphragm
  • muscle action potential
  • muscle twitch
  • peripheral nervous system


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