A neurohormonal role for serotonin in the control of locust oviducts

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  • Angela B. Lange

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    1. Department of Biology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada
    • Department of Biology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, ON, Canada, L5L 1C6
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Abstract

Serotonin increases the frequency and amplitude of spontaneous contractions and leads to an increase in the basal tonus of the locust oviducts. These effects were dose-dependent and were seen on both the non-innnervated and innervated portion of the oviducts. Vertebrate type serotonin agonists and antagonists were used and the profile shows that the receptors on the non-innervated and innervated portion of the oviducts are more similar to 5-HT3 receptors than to either 5-HT1 or 5-HT2 receptors. No serotonin was found associated with the oviducts or the innervation to the oviducts using immunohistochemistry and HPLC coupled to electrochemical detection, suggesting a neurohormonal role for serotonin in the control of locust oviducts. Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 56:179–190, 2004. © 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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