Modulation of vasoactivity and platelet aggregation by selective 5-HT receptor antagonism in humans.

Moerland M, Kemme M, Dijkmans A, Bergougnan L, Burggraaf J

Distinct serotonin [5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)] receptors are involved in platelet aggregation and vasoconstriction. Compounds that simultaneously and selectively inhibit the pertaining 5-HT receptors may therefore represent a therapeutic strategy for arterial thrombosis, observed frequently after atherosclerotic plaque rupture. The vasoactive and antiplatelet effects of the combined 5-HT1B and 5-HT2A receptor blocker SL65.0472-00 were investigated in humans to elucidate the functional involvement of these receptors.