5-Hydroxytryptamine modulates spike frequency regulation in reticulospinal neurons involved in the control of locomotion in lamprey. Academic Article uri icon


  • To investigate the effects of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) on reticulospinal neurons involved in the initiation and control of locomotion in lamprey, 5-HT (10 mM) was locally pressure ejected on the dorsal surface of the brainstem during intracellular recordings from identified reticulospinal neurons in the in vitro brainstem-spinal cord preparation. 5-HT induced a reduction of the late afterhyperpolarization (AHP) following the spike due to a reduction of a Ca(2+)-activated K+ current. In addition, 5-HT caused a resting membrane hyperpolarization in a proportion of these cells. Due to the 5-HT induced reduction of the AHP, reticulospinal cells, including those that became hyperpolarized by an application of 5-HT, discharged at a higher rate after 5-HT as a response to the same excitatory drive.

publication date

  • January 6, 1992