Abstract: Analysis of the mammalian retina for serotonin irnmu‐noreactivity suggests an absence of the amine. However, following an intraocular injection of forskolin (1 μM) into a rabbit eye 1 h before analysis of the retina, serotonin immunoreactivity is associated with a subpopulation of amacrine cells. These cells correspond in size and position to the “indoleamine‐accumulating cells” of the retina. Biochemical experiments show that forskolin treatment produces an increase in levels of endogenous serotonin and 5‐hydroxytrypto‐phan but has no effect on the uptake of serotonin or tryptophan or the metabolism of 5‐hydroxytryptophan. These results suggest that the “indoleamine‐accumulating cells” in the retina are “serotonergic cells” and that the level of amine is elevated sufficiently for localisation following forskolin treatment. It would appear that forskolin either directly or indirectly activates tryptophan hydroxylase.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Neurochemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1989|