Dopamine and 5-HT turnover are increased by the mGlu2/3 receptor agonist LY379268 in rat medial prefrontal cortex, nucleus accumbens and striatum

Brain Res. 2000 Dec 29;887(2):378-84. doi: 10.1016/s0006-8993(00)03067-5.


We have shown, using in vivo microdialysis sampling, that systemic administration of the selective group II metabotropic (mGlu) receptor agonist LY379268, like the atypical antipsychotic clozapine, increased extracellular levels of dopamine, dopamine metabolites DOPAC and HVA, and the major 5-HT metabolite 5-HIAA, in rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Here, we have compared the effects of LY379268 with clozapine as well as risperidone on ex vivo tissue levels of dopamine, DOPAC, HVA, 5-HT and 5-HIAA in multiple brain regions. One to two hours following administration of LY379268, mPFC tissue levels of DOPAC, HVA and 5-HIAA were increased in a dose-dependent manner. Increases evoked by LY379268 (10 mg/kg s.c.) at the 2 h point were 189, 245 and 139% of basal levels, respectively. These effects were reversed within 4 h of administration. Clozapine (10 mg/kg s.c.) and risperidone (1 mg/kg s. c.) also increased levels of the dopamine metabolites to a similar extent but were without significant effect on tissue levels of 5-HIAA. LY379268 (10 mg/kg s.c.) also increased tissue levels of DOPAC, HVA and 5-HIAA by 169, 221 and 134% of basal levels in nucleus accumbens, respectively, and by 131, 179 and 132% of basal levels in striatum, respectively. These data show that activation of mGlu2/3 receptors can increase the turnover of dopamine and 5-HT in the areas of the brain implicated in the actions of atypical antipsychotics.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • 3,4-Dihydroxyphenylacetic Acid / metabolism
  • Amino Acids / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic / pharmacology*
  • Clozapine / pharmacology
  • Corpus Striatum / drug effects
  • Corpus Striatum / physiology*
  • Dopamine / metabolism*
  • Excitatory Amino Acid Agonists / pharmacology*
  • Homovanillic Acid / metabolism
  • Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid / metabolism
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Nucleus Accumbens / drug effects
  • Nucleus Accumbens / physiology*
  • Prefrontal Cortex / drug effects
  • Prefrontal Cortex / physiology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Receptors, Metabotropic Glutamate / agonists*
  • Risperidone / pharmacology
  • Serotonin / metabolism*


  • Amino Acids
  • Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic
  • Excitatory Amino Acid Agonists
  • LY 379268
  • Receptors, Metabotropic Glutamate
  • 3,4-Dihydroxyphenylacetic Acid
  • Serotonin
  • Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid
  • Clozapine
  • Risperidone
  • Dopamine
  • Homovanillic Acid