Senktide, a selective neurokinin B-like agonist, elicits serotonin-mediated behaviour following intracisternal administration in the mouse.
Stoessl AJ., Dourish CT., Young SC., Williams BJ., Iversen SD., Iversen LL.
Behavioural responses to tachykinins were observed following intracisternal administration in mice. The synthetic NK-3 agonists senktide and L-363,851 caused behaviour typically associated with serotonergic stimulation, including head twitches, reciprocal forepaw treading and hindlimb splaying. Neurokinin B produced some features of the serotonin (5-HT) syndrome, while substance P, neurokinin A and eledoisin failed to elicit any such behaviours. Senktide-induced head twitches were prevented by pretreatment with the 5-HT2 antagonists ketanserin and ritanserin, while forepaw treading was attenuated by the 5-HT1 antagonists (-)-pindolol and methysergide. These data suggest that NK-3 agonists interact with central 5-HT mechanisms.