Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Effects of ritanserin, a novel serotonin-s2 receptor antagonist, on the secretion of pituitary hormones in normal humans

  • Danilo Tepavčević
  • Z. Giljević
  • M. Korşić
  • S. Halimi
  • E. Suchanek
  • T. Jelić
  • I. Aganović
  • B. Kožić
  • V. Plavşić


The availability of a new potent and selective serotonin-S2 antagonist, ritanserin (RIT), encouraged us to further investigate the effect of serotonin on the basal secretion of anterior pituitary hormones in normal humans. Administered in a single 30-mg dose to group 1 consisting of 10 normal women, RIT failed to affect the baseline LH, FSH, GH or TSH levels. In group 2 consisting of 20 normal subjects (ten males and ten females), the same dose of RIT decreased in parallel both ACTH and Cortisol levels but only at 180 min. Group 3 consisting of 8 normal men was studied on three separate occasions seven days apart: each subject received graded doses of 10 mg, 20 mg and 30 mg RIT. The mean baseline PRL concentration at 180 min as well as the net integrated area under the hormone curve (nAUC) decreased only after the highest dose, while the baseline Cortisol concentrations at 180 min as well as the corresponding nAUC values displayed a clear dose-dependent response. The findings indicated the serotonin-S2 receptors to be only partially involved in the basal secretion of ACTH in normal humans.


Ritaserin serotonin anterior pituitary hormones normal humans 


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© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Tepavčević
    • 1
  • Z. Giljević
    • 1
  • M. Korşić
    • 1
  • S. Halimi
    • 1
  • E. Suchanek
    • 1
  • T. Jelić
    • 1
  • I. Aganović
    • 1
  • B. Kožić
    • 1
  • V. Plavşić
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal MedicineZagreb University School of Medicine, Zagreb Clinical CenterZagrebCroatia

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