Serotonin neurons project to small blood vessels in the brain

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Science  05 Oct 1979:
Vol. 206, Issue 4414, pp. 85-87
DOI: 10.1126/science.482930


Electrolytic lesions of the nucleus raphe dorsalis and medianus reduce the concentration of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) within rat brain intraparenchymal blood vessels. The concentration of serotonin within these vessels increases or decreases after the administration of drugs that modify the biosynthesis and degradation of serotonin or destroy nerve terminals by an uptake-dependent mechanism. These studies provide evidence for the existence of a serotonin-containing pathway seemingly analogous to the neuronal projection that terminates on small parenchymal blood vessels from noradrenergic neurons of the locus coeruleus.