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Journal of Integrative Neuroscience  2019, Vol. 18 Issue (3): 245-251    DOI: 10.31083/j.jin.2019.03.186
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The therapeutic effect of quetiapine on cognitive impairment associated with 5-HT1A presynaptic receptor involved schizophrenia
Dai Han1, 2, 3, Shenxun Shi4, Hong Luo3, *()
1 Institutes of Psychological Sciences, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 311121, P. R. China
2 Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Research in Assessment of Cognitive Impairments, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 311121, P. R. China
3 Psychiatry Department, The Affiliated Hospital of Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 311121, P. R. China
4 Psychiatry Department, Huashan Hospital of Fudan University, Shanghai, 200090, P. R. China
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The cognitive impairment associated with schizophrenia is highly prevalent and affects the overall functioning of subjects. The stimulation of the serotonin 1A receptor is a primary characteristic of some atypical antipsychotic drugs. We measured the levels of cognitive impairment using the Morris water maze test and protein kinase A activity in hippocampal neurons on presynaptic and postsynaptic serotonin 1A receptors to investigate the effect of dizocilpine-induced cognitive impairment associated with atypical antipsychotic drugs in rats treated by quetiapine alone or combined with WAY100635/tandospirone. The results of the Morris water maze test presented evidence that quetiapine alone alleviated the cognitive impairment associated with atypical antipsychotic drugs induced by dizocilpine. However, quetiapine plus WAY100635 induced no improvement of cognitive impairment associated with atypical antipsychotic drugs. The results of protein kinase A assay suggested that neither quetiapine alone nor in combination with tandospirone, but not quetiapine plus WAY100635, raised protein kinase A activity in hippocampus neurons. The present study demonstrated the key role of presynaptic serotonin 1A receptors on the therapeutic effect of quetiapine on cognitive impairment associated with atypical antipsychotic drugs. Moreover, that protein kinase A activity in hippocampal cells is involved in the mechanism of quetiapine's effect on cognitive impairment associated with atypical antipsychotic drugs.

Key words:  Cognitive impairment      schizophrenia      quetiapine      5-HT1A presynaptic receptors      5-HT1A postsynaptic receptors      antipsychotic drugs     
Submitted:  10 June 2019      Accepted:  21 August 2019      Published:  30 September 2019     
  • 201708330165/Scholarship Council
  • LQ14H0900014/Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang Province
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Dai Han, Shenxun Shi, Hong Luo. The therapeutic effect of quetiapine on cognitive impairment associated with 5-HT1A presynaptic receptor involved schizophrenia. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 2019, 18(3): 245-251.

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