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ABSTRACT: 5-Hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is an endogenous stimulant of intestinal propulsive reflexes. It exerts its effects partly through 5-HT4 receptors; 5-HT4 receptor agonists that are stimulants of intestinal transit are in clinical use. Both pharmacological and recent immunohistochemical studies indicate that 5-HT4 receptors are present on enteric neurons but the specific neurons that express the receptors have not been determined. In the present work, we describe the characterization of an anti-5-HT4 receptor antiserum that reveals immunoreactivity for enteric neurons and other cell types in the gastrointestinal tract. With this antiserum, 5-HT4 receptor immunoreactivity has been found in the muscularis mucosae of the rat oesophagus, a standard assay tissue for 5-HT4 receptors. It is also present in the muscularis mucosae of the guinea-pig and mouse oesophagus. In guinea-pig small intestine and rat and mouse colon, 5-HT4 receptor immunoreactivity occurs in subpopulations of enteric neurons, including prominent large neurons. Double-staining has shown that these large neurons in the guinea-pig small intestine are also immunoreactive for two markers of intrinsic primary afferent neurons, cytoplasmic NeuN and calbindin. Some muscle motor neurons in the myenteric ganglia are immunoreactive for this receptor, whereas it is rarely expressed by secretomotor neurons. Immunoreactivity also occurs in the interstitial cells of Cajal but is faint in the external muscle. Expression of the protein and mRNA has been confirmed in extracts containing enteric neurons. The observations suggest that one site of action of 5-HT4 receptor agonists is the intrinsic primary afferent neurons.
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ABSTRACT: The 5-hydroxytryptamine type 4 receptors (5-HT4Rs) are involved in memory, cognition, feeding, respiratory control, and gastrointestinal motility through activation of a G(s)/cAMP pathway. We have shown that 5-HT4R undergoes rapid and profound homologous uncoupling in neurons. However, no significant uncoupling was observed in COS-7 or HEK293 cells, which expressed either no or a weak concentration of GRK2, respectively. High expression of GRK2 in neurons is likely to be the reason for this difference because overexpression of GRK2 in COS-7 and HEK293 cells reproduced rapid and profound uncoupling of 5-HT4R. We have also shown, for the first time, that GRK2 requirements for uncoupling and endocytosis were very different. Indeed, beta-arrestin/dynamin-dependent endocytosis was observed in HEK293 cells without any need of GRK2 overexpression. In addition to this difference, uncoupling and beta-arrestin/dynamin-dependent endocytosis were mediated through distinct mechanisms. Neither uncoupling nor beta-arrestin/dynamin-dependent endocytosis required the serine and threonine residues localized within the specific C-terminal domains of the 5-HT4R splice variants. In contrast, a cluster of serines and threonines, common to all variants, was an absolute requirement for beta-arrestin/dynamin-dependent receptor endocytosis, but not for receptor uncoupling. Furthermore, beta-arrestin/dynamin-dependent endocytosis and uncoupling were dependent on and independent of GRK2 kinase activity, respectively. These results clearly demonstrate that the uncoupling and endocytosis of 5-HT4R require different GRK2 concentrations and involve distinct molecular events.