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Special Issue "Serotonin in Health and Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 1244

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Koltsov Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 119334, Russia
Interests: development; neurogenesis; ciliogenesis; serotonylation; invertebrates

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Dear Colleagues,

What do you imagine when you hear the word "serotonin"? Probably the brain, neurons, mammalian behavior, and migraines. However, serotonin is much more! This biogenic amine (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5- HT) is an ancient substance with a wide variety of functions. It is found in almost all representatives of the animal kingdom, appears in development as early as the single-cell stage, and accompanies the life of the organism until its last days. Normally, serotonin exerts its physiological effects through the activation of more than 14 different receptors on the cell membrane. In addition, it has recently been found that 5-HT as an intracellular agent causes posttranslational protein modification—serotonylation—and is thus involved in important physiological and pathophysiological processes, including permissive gene expression.

In this Special Issue, we would like to encourage all researchers whose work is related to serotonin to present their latest findings, in-depth expertise, and methodological benefits to the wide audience of IJMS. The issue will cover a broad area of serotonin as a biological substance, from distribution to functions, in the course of development, growth, and aging. Any subtleties of serotonin action in health and disease that you have uncovered using model systems in vertebrates and invertebrates are welcome!

Dr. Elena E. Voronezhskaya
Guest Editor

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  • components of serotonergic system
  • serotonin targets
  • related systems
  • serotonergic mechanisms
  • experimental models

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Serotonin Transporter Activity in Mouse Oocytes Is a Positive Indicator of Follicular Growth and Oocyte Maturity
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(14), 11247; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms241411247 - 08 Jul 2023
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Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is known to be a regulator of oocyte maturation in a large number of animal species. In maturing mammalian oocytes, the accumulation of exogenous, maternal serotonin occurs due to the activity of the membrane transporter SERT. In this work, we [...] Read more.
Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is known to be a regulator of oocyte maturation in a large number of animal species. In maturing mammalian oocytes, the accumulation of exogenous, maternal serotonin occurs due to the activity of the membrane transporter SERT. In this work, we investigated how SERT activity in oocytes correlates with indicators of follicular selection and oocyte maturity. An immunohistochemical study showed that the difference in the 5-HT intake activity in oocytes does not correlate with the marker of apoptosis in follicular cells, but positively correlates with markers of follicular growth, such as granulosa proliferation and follicle size. Functional analysis of oocytes at different stages of maturation showed that the expression and activity of SERT increases with oocyte maturation. An in vivo experiment on administration of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine (20 mg/kg) for 7 days showed a significant decrease in the content of serotonin in both growing GV-oocytes and ovulated mature MII-oocytes. The data obtained clearly indicate that the mechanism of specific membrane transport of serotonin normally ensures the accumulation of serotonin in maturing oocytes, and can be considered as a promising positive marker of their mature status. Full article
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