Korean J Physiol Pharmacol.  2011 Oct;15(5):267-272. 10.4196/kjpp.2011.15.5.267.

Characteristics of 5-Hydroxytryptamine Receptors Involved in Contraction of Feline Ileal Longitudinal Smooth Muscle

  • 1Department of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 156-756, Korea. udsohn@cau.ac.kr
  • 2Faculty of Herb Industry, Jungwon University, Chungbuk 367-805, Korea.
  • 3Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 440-746, Korea.


A number of studies have demonstrated that 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) can induce muscle contraction or relaxation response and enhance secretion in the gastrointestinal tract via a multiplicity of 5-HT receptor subtypes. In the present study, we investigated the pharmacological characterization of the 5-HT-induced contractile response in longitudinal smooth muscle isolated from the feline ileum. Addition of 5-HT into muscle chambers enhanced the basal tone and spontaneous activity in a concentration-dependent manner. The neurotoxin tetrodotoxin did not alter the 5-HT-induced contraction of the longitudinal muscles. Neither atropine nor guanethidine affected the contraction. The 5-HT agonists, 5-methylserotonin hydrochloride and mosapride, also evoked concentration-dependent contractions. The 5-HT-induced contraction was enhanced by the 5HT2 receptor antagonist ketanserin and the 5-HT3 receptor antagonist ondansetron but was inhibited by the 5-HT1 receptor antagonist methysergide and 5-HT4 receptor antagonist GR113808. These results indicate that 5-HT1 and 5-HT4 receptors may mediate the contraction of the 5-HT-induced response and 5-HT2 and 5-HT3 receptors may mediate 5-HT-induced relaxation in feline ileal longitudinal smooth muscles.


Ileum; Longitudinal smooth muscle; 5-HT; Contraction; Relaxation
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