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S32006, a novel 5-HT2C receptor antagonist displaying broad-based antidepressant and anxiolytic properties in rodent models

  • Anne DekeyneEmail author
  • Clotilde Mannoury la Cour
  • Alain Gobert
  • Mauricette Brocco
  • Françoise Lejeune
  • Florence Serres
  • Trevor Sharp
  • Annie Daszuta
  • Amélie Soumier
  • Mariusz Papp
  • Jean-Michel Rivet
  • Gunnar Flik
  • Thomas I. Cremers
  • Olivier Muller
  • Gilbert Lavielle
  • Mark J. Millan
Original Investigation



Serotonin (5-HT)2C receptors are implicated in the control of mood, and their blockade is of potential interest for the management of anxiodepressive states.


Herein, we characterized the in vitro and in vivo pharmacological profile of the novel benzourea derivative, S32006.

Materials and methods

Standard cellular, electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral procedures were used.


S32006 displayed high affinity for human (h)5-HT2C and h5-HT2B receptors (pK is, 8.4 and 8.0, respectively). By contrast, it had negligible (100-fold lower) affinity for h5-HT2A receptors and all other sites examined. In measures of Gq-protein coupling/phospholipase C activation, S32006 displayed potent antagonist properties at h5-HT2C receptors (pK B values, 8.8/8.2) and h5-HT2B receptors (7.8/7.7). In vivo, S32006 dose-dependently (2.5–40.0 mg/kg, i.p. and p.o.) abolished the induction of penile erections and a discriminative stimulus by the 5-HT2C receptor agonist, Ro60,0175, in rats. It elevated dialysis levels of noradrenaline and dopamine in the frontal cortex of freely moving rats, and accelerated the firing rate of ventrotegmental dopaminergic and locus ceruleus adrenergic neurons. At similar doses, S32006 decreased immobility in a forced-swim test in rats, reduced the motor depression elicited by 5-HT2C and α2-adrenoceptor agonists, and inhibited both aggressive and marble-burying behavior in mice. Supporting antidepressant properties, chronic (2–5 weeks) administration of S32006 suppressed “anhedonia” in a chronic mild stress procedure and increased both expression of BDNF and cell proliferation in rat dentate gyrus. Finally, S32006 (0.63–40 mg/kg, i.p. and p.o) displayed anxiolytic properties in Vogel conflict and social interaction tests in rats.


S32006 is a potent 5-HT2C receptor antagonist, and possesses antidepressant and anxiolytic properties in diverse rodent models.


5-HT2C receptor Anxiolytic Antidepressant Stress Ventral tegmental area Locus ceruleus BDNF 



We thank Manuelle Touzard, Sylvie Girardon, Sylvie Veiga, Huguette Gressier, Brigitte Denorme, Loretta Iob Laetitia Cistarelli, Rodolphe Billiras, and Jimmy Mullot for excellent technical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Dekeyne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Clotilde Mannoury la Cour
    • 1
  • Alain Gobert
    • 1
  • Mauricette Brocco
    • 1
  • Françoise Lejeune
    • 1
  • Florence Serres
    • 2
  • Trevor Sharp
    • 2
  • Annie Daszuta
    • 3
  • Amélie Soumier
    • 3
  • Mariusz Papp
    • 4
  • Jean-Michel Rivet
    • 1
  • Gunnar Flik
    • 5
  • Thomas I. Cremers
    • 5
  • Olivier Muller
    • 6
  • Gilbert Lavielle
    • 6
  • Mark J. Millan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychopharmacology, Institut de Recherches ServierCentre de Recherches de CroissyCroissy/SeineFrance
  2. 2.Department of PharmacologyOxford UniversityOxfordUK
  3. 3.IC2N, IBDMLUMR-6216 CNRS-Université de la méditerranéeMarseille cedex 9France
  4. 4.Institute of PharmacologyPolish Academy of SciencesKrakowPoland
  5. 5.Brains-on-LineGroningenThe Netherlands
  6. 6.Department of Chemistry F, Institut de Recherches ServierCentre de Recherches de CroissyCroissy/SeineFrance

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