Antimyoclonic action of clonazepam: the role of serotonin.

Article date: 1979/11/23

PubMed ID: 520416

Journal name: European journal of pharmacology (ISSN: 0014-2999)


Clonazepam (5-(2-chlorophenyl)-1,3-dihydro-7-nitro 2H-1,4 benzodiazepin-2-one) (2 mg/kg) reduced a p,p'-DDT-induced myoclonus in mice by 50%. This antimyoclonic action of clonazepam was counteracted by the serotonin (5-HT) receptor blockers methysergide, metergoline and cinnanserin and potentiated by the 5-HT uptake inhibitors fluoxetine and chlorimipramine. Clonazepam (4 mg/kg) reduced plasma tryptophan by 27%, but had no effect on brain tryptopham, 5-HT, 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid, 5-HT synthesis and 3H-5-HT receptor binding. Clonazepam (10(-5) M) inhibited brain synaptosomal 3H-5-HT uptake by 23% and increased 3H-5-HT release by 24%. However, 2-8 mg/kg of clonazepam administered intraperitoneally had no effect on 5-HT uptake or release. gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) agonists (muscimol, acetylenic GABA, amino-oxyacetic acid) and the GABA antagonists bicuculline and isoniazid had no effect on p,p'-DDT-induced myoclonus. Furthermore, bicuculline did not counteract the antimyoclonic effect of clonazepam. We suggest that the antimyoclonic action of clonazepam is mediated by enhancement of serotonergic rather than GABAergic neurotransmission.

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Author List: Chung Hwang E, Van Woert M H

Publication Types: Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Substances mentioned in the article: Anticonvulsants; Benzodiazepinones; Receptors, Serotonin; Serotonin; Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid; Clonazepam; Tryptophan; DDT;

Mesh terms: Animals; Anticonvulsants; Benzodiazepinones/pharmacology; Clonazepam/pharmacology; DDT/pharmacology; Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid/metabolism; Male; Mice; Myoclonus/chemically induced; Rats; Receptors, Serotonin/metabolism; Serotonin/physiology; Synaptosomes/metabolism; Tryptophan/metabolism;

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