Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Animal models of the serotonin syndrome:
    a systematic review (2013)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Haberzettl, Robert (WE 14)
    Bert, Bettina (WE 14)
    Fink, Heidrun (WE 14)
    Fox, Meredith A
    Behavioural brain research; 256 — S. 328–345
    ISSN: 0166-4328
    DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2013.08.045
    Pubmed: 24004848
    Institut für Pharmakologie und Toxikologie

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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    The serotonin syndrome (SS) is a potentially life-threatening disorder in humans which is induced by ingestion of an overdose or by combination of two or more serotonin (5-HT)-enhancing drugs. In animals, acute administration of direct and indirect 5-HT agonists also leads to a set of behavioral and autonomic responses. In the current review, we provide an overview of the existing versions of the animal model of the SS. With a focus on studies in rats and mice, we analyze the frequency of behavioral and autonomic responses following administration of 5-HT-enhancing drugs and direct 5-HT agonists administered alone or in combination, and we briefly discuss the receptor mediation of these responses. Considering species differences, we identify a distinct set of behavioral and autonomic responses that are consistently observed following administration of direct and indirect 5-HT agonists. Finally, we discuss the importance of a standardized assessment of SS responses in rodents and the utility of animal models of the SS in translational studies, and provide suggestions for future research.