Serotonin 5-HT3, 5-HT4, and 5-HT-M receptors

Neuropsychopharmacology. Oct-Dec 1990;3(5-6):371-83.


Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine [5-HT]) receptors can be classified either pharmacologically, into 5-HT1, 5-HT2, 5-HT3 and 5-HT4 receptors, or functionally, into G-protein-coupled receptors (5-HT1, 5-HT2, and 5-HT4) and ligand-gated ion channels (5-HT3). This article concentrates on the pharmacology, distribution, receptor-effector coupling, possible subtypes, and species differences of 5-HT3 receptors, which are equivalent to Gaddum and Picarelli's 5-HT-M receptor. Also presented here are some of the prominent features of the recently characterized 5-HT4 receptor. Although pharmacologic similarities have been suggested between 5-HT-M and 5-HT4 receptors (some potent 5-HT3 antagonists are active, with lower potency, at 5-HT4 receptors), it is clear that 5-HT4 receptors are different from 5-HT-M receptors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Receptors, Serotonin / classification*
  • Terminology as Topic


  • Receptors, Serotonin