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In this study, pharmacological-challenge magnetic resonance imaging was used to further characterize the central action of serotonin on feeding. In both feeding and pharmacological-challenge magnetic resonance imaging experiments, we combined 5-HT(1B/2C) agonist m-chlorophenylpiperazine (mCPP) challenge with pre-treatment with the selective 5-HT(1B) and 5-HT(2C) receptor antagonists, SB 224289 (2.5 mg/kg) and SB 242084 (2 mg/kg), respectively. Subcutaneous injection of mCPP (3 mg/kg) completely blocked fast-induced refeeding in freely behaving, non-anaesthetized male rats, an effect that was not modified by the 5-HT(1B) receptor antagonist but was partially reversed by the 5-HT(2C) receptor antagonist. mCPP alone induced both positive and negative blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) responses in the brains of anaesthetized rats, including in the limbic system and basal ganglia. Overall, the 5-HT(2C) antagonist SB 242084 reversed the effects elicited by mCPP, whereas the 5-HT(1B) antagonist SB 224289 had virtually no impact. SB 242084 eliminated BOLD signal in nuclei associated with the limbic system and diminished activation in basal ganglia. In addition, BOLD signal was returned to baseline levels in the cortical regions and cerebellum. These results suggest that mCPP may reduce food intake by acting specifically on brain circuits that are modulated by 5-HT(2C) receptors in the rat.

Original publication




Journal article


Eur J Neurosci

Publication Date





457 - 465


Animals, Brain, Eating, Feeding Behavior, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Oxygen Consumption, Rats, Rats, Sprague-Dawley, Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT2C, Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptor Antagonists, Serotonin Antagonists