GPR30 is necessary for estradiol-induced desensitization of 5-HT 1A receptor signaling in the paraventricular nucleus of the rat hypothalamus

C. E. McAllister, R. D. Creech, P. A. Kimball, N. A. Muma, Q. Li

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Estrogen therapy used in combination with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) treatment improves SSRI efficacy for the treatment of mood disorders. Desensitization of serotonin 1A (5-HT 1A) receptors, which takes one to two weeks to develop in animals, is necessary for SSRI therapeutic efficacy. Estradiol modifies 5-HT 1A receptor signaling and induces a partial desensitization in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) of the rat within two days, but the mechanisms underlying this effect are currently unknown. The purpose of this study was to identify the estrogen receptor necessary for estradiol-induced 5-HT 1A receptor desensitization. We previously showed that estrogen receptor β is not necessary for 5-HT 1A receptor desensitization and that selective activation of estrogen receptor GPR30 mimics the effects of estradiol in rat PVN. Here, we used a recombinant adenovirus containing GPR30 siRNAs to decrease GPR30 expression in the PVN. Reduction of GPR30 prevented estradiol-induced desensitization of 5-HT 1A receptor as measured by hormonal responses to the selective 5-HT 1A receptor agonist, (+)8-OH-DPAT. To determine the possible mechanisms underlying these effects, we investigated protein and mRNA levels of 5-HT 1A receptor signaling components including 5-HT 1A receptor, Gαz, and RGSz1. We found that two days of estradiol increased protein and mRNA expression of RGSz1, and decreased 5-HT 1A receptor protein but increased 5-HT 1A mRNA; GPR30 knockdown prevented the estradiol-induced changes in 5-HT 1A receptor protein in the PVN. Taken together, these data demonstrate that GPR30 is necessary for estradiol-induced changes in the 5-HT 1A receptor signaling pathway and desensitization of 5-HT 1A receptor signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1248-1260
Number of pages13
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012



  • 5-HT receptors
  • ACTH
  • Desensitization
  • Estradiol
  • GPER
  • GPR30
  • Oxytocin
  • Paraventricular nucleus
  • RGSz1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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