Claustre Y, Leonetti M, Santucci V, Bougault I, Desvignes C, Rouquier L et al. Effects of the beta(3)-adrenoceptor (Adrb3) agonist SR58611A (amibegron) on serotonergic and noradrenergic transmission in the rodent: Relevance to its antidepressant/anxiolytic-like profile. Neuroscience 156: 353-364

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Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 3.36). 08/2008; 156(2):353-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2008.07.011
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SR58611A is a selective beta(3)-adrenoceptor (Adrb3) agonist which has demonstrated antidepressant and anxiolytic properties in rodents. The present study confirmed the detection of Adrb3 mRNA transcript in rodent brain sub-regions and evaluated the effect of SR58611A on serotonergic and noradrenergic transmission in rats and mice in an attempt to elucidate the mechanism(s) underlying these properties. SR58611A (3 and 10 mg/kg, p.o.) increased the synthesis of 5-HT and tryptophan (Trp) levels in several rodent brain areas (cortex, hippocampus, hypothalamus, striatum). Moreover, SR58611A (10 mg/kg, p.o.) increased the release of 5-HT assessed by in vivo microdialysis in rat prefrontal cortex. Systemic (3 mg/kg, i.v.) or chronic administration of SR58611A (10 mg/kg, p.o.), in contrast to fluoxetine (15 mg/kg, p.o.), did not modify the activity of serotonergic neurons in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus. The increase in 5-HT synthesis induced by SR58611A was not observed in Adrb3s knockout mice, suggesting a selective involvement of Adrb3s in this effect. SR58611A (3 and 10 mg/kg, p.o.) did not modify norepinephrine synthesis and metabolism but increased its release in rat brain. Repeated administration of SR58611A (10 mg/kg, p.o.) did not modify basal norepinephrine release in rat prefrontal cortex whereas it prevented its tail-pinch stress-induced enhancement similarly to reboxetine (15 mg/kg, p.o.). Finally SR58611A increased the firing rate of noradrenergic neurons in the rat locus coeruleus following systemic (3 mg/kg, i.v.) or local (0.01 and 1 microM) but not chronic (10 mg/kg, p.o.) administration. These results suggest that the anxiolytic- and antidepressant-like activities of SR58611A involve an increase of brain serotonergic and noradrenergic neurotransmissions, triggered by activation of Adrb3s.

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    • "In situ hybridisation has further revealed β2-adrenergic receptors in the thalamic intralaminar nuclei, cerebellar cortex [42] and superficial dorsal horn of spinal cord [43]. β3-adrenergic receptor mRNA has been detected in homogenates of frontal, temporal and parietal cortex, hippocampus, striatum and midbrain by reverse transcription/polymerase chain reaction methods [44], [45]. "
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    • "Early studies identified that human β3AR was mainly expressed on the surface of both white and brown adipocytes, mediating metabolic effects such as lipolysis and thermogenesis21. More recent reports showed that β3AR is also an attractive target for drugs against overactive bladder22,23, anxiety and depressive disorders24,25. Understanding the mechanism of β3AR activation should facilitate rational drug discovery and the design of new types of β3AR agonists. In this study, we employed site-directed mutagenesis and molecular docking to explore the detailed function of the conserved aromatic cluster F2135.47/F3096.52/F3086.51 in β3AR. "
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    • "In addition, these data provide the first evidence of a behavioral role for LPCS interneurons, as the selective enhancement of LPCS synapses was sufficient to produce robust decreases in anxiety-related behaviors. It should, however, be noted that b3-AR mRNA has been detected in many other brain regions and b3-AR activation can increase 5-HT transmission , possibly through a peripheral mechanism, as well as NE neurotransmitter levels through a direct increase in the firing rate of LC neurons (Claustre et al, 2008). Therefore, it seems likely that b3-ARs in multiple brain regions may be important in the regulation of anxiety-like behaviors. "
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