Nomenclature: 5-ht1e receptor

Family: 5-Hydroxytryptamine receptors

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Gene and Protein Information
class A G protein-coupled receptor
Species TM AA Chromosomal Location Gene Symbol Gene Name Reference
Human 7 365 6q14-q15 HTR1E 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) receptor 1E, G protein-coupled 9-10,20
Previous and Unofficial Names
5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin) receptor 1E
Database Links
ChEMBL Target
DrugBank Target
Ensembl Gene
Entrez Gene
Human Protein Reference Database
PharmGKB Gene
Protein Ontology (PRO)
RefSeq Nucleotide
RefSeq Protein
UniGene Hs.
Natural/Endogenous Ligands
Comments: Endogenous ligand tryptamine is a weak agonist
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Ligand Sp. Action Affinity Units Reference
[3H]5-HT Hs Full agonist 8.1 – 8.2 pKd 10,13
pKd 8.1 – 8.2 (Kd 6.31x10-9 – 7.94x10-9 M) [10,13]
BRL-54443 Hs Full agonist 8.7 pKi 4
pKi 8.7 [4]
5-HT Hs Full agonist 8.0 – 8.2 pKi 1,3,6,10
pKi 8.0 – 8.2 [1,3,6,10]
asenapine Hs Full agonist 8.0 pKi 16
pKi 8.0 [16]
naratriptan Hs Full agonist 7.7 pKi 12
pKi 7.7 [12]
zolmitriptan Hs Full agonist 7.7 pKi 12
pKi 7.7 [12]
lysergol Hs Full agonist 7.4 pKi 13
pKi 7.4 [13]
ergometrine Hs Full agonist 7.3 pKi 3
pKi 7.3 [3]
eletriptan Hs Full agonist 7.2 pKi 12
pKi 7.2 [12]
α-methyl-5-HT Hs Full agonist 6.9 – 7.0 pKi 1,3
pKi 6.9 – 7.0 [1,3]
rizatriptan Hs Full agonist 6.8 pKi 12
pKi 6.8 [12]
ziprasidone Hs Full agonist 6.4 pKi 16
pKi 6.4 [16]
clozapine Hs Full agonist 6.4 pKi 16
pKi 6.4 [16]
EMDT Hs Full agonist 6.3 pKi 7
pKi 6.3 [7]
5-fluorotryptamine Hs Full agonist 6.3 pKi 3
pKi 6.3 [3]
ergotamine Hs Full agonist 6.2 – 6.3 pKi 1,10
pKi 6.2 – 6.3 [1,10]
5-MeO-DMT Hs Full agonist 6.1 – 6.3 pKi 1,6
pKi 6.1 – 6.3 [1,6]
2-methyl-5-HT Hs Full agonist 6.1 pKi 1
pKi 6.1 [1]
tryptamine Hs Full agonist 5.6 – 6.5 pKi 1,3,6
pKi 5.6 – 6.5 [1,3,6]
quetiapine Hs Full agonist 5.9 pKi 16
pKi 5.9 [16]
donitriptan Hs Full agonist 5.9 pKi 8
pKi 5.9 [8]
5-MeOT Hs Full agonist 5.5 – 6.2 pKi 1,3,6,13
pKi 5.5 – 6.2 [1,3,6,13]
LY344864 Hs Full agonist 5.8 pKi 14
pKi 5.8 [14]
sumatriptan Hs Full agonist 5.6 – 5.8 pKi 1,3,10,12-13
pKi 5.6 – 5.8 [1,3,10,12-13]
olanzapine Hs Full agonist 5.7 pKi 16
pKi 5.7 [16]
DOI Hs Full agonist 5.5 – 5.8 pKi 1,3
pKi 5.5 – 5.8 [1,3]
xanomeline Hs Full agonist 5.6 pKi 19
pKi 5.6 [19]
dihydroergotamine Hs Full agonist 5.6 pKi 13
pKi 5.6 [13]
8-OH-DPAT Hs Full agonist 5.5 pKi 1,3
pKi 5.5 [1,3]
GR-127935 Hs Partial agonist 5.4 pKi 15
pKi 5.4 [15]
m-CPP Hs Partial agonist 5.4 pKi 3
pKi 5.4 [3]
TFMPP Hs Full agonist 5.2 – 5.4 pKi 1,3,13
pKi 5.2 – 5.4 [1,3,13]
5-CT Hs Full agonist 5.1 – 5.5 pKi 1,3,10,13
pKi 5.1 – 5.5 [1,3,10,13]
BRL-15572 Hs Partial agonist 5.2 pKi 15
pKi 5.2 [15]
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Ligand Sp. Action Affinity Units Reference
methylergonovine Hs Antagonist 7.0 – 7.2 pKi 1,6
pKi 7.0 – 7.2 [1,6]
1-naphthylpiperazine Hs Antagonist 6.7 – 7.0 pKi 1,3,13
pKi 6.7 – 7.0 [1,3,13]
methiothepin Hs Antagonist 6.7 – 7.0 pKi 1,3,10,13
pKi 6.7 – 7.0 [1,3,10,13]
methysergide Hs Antagonist 6.5 – 6.8 pKi 1,3,6,10,13
pKi 6.5 – 6.8 [1,3,6,10,13]
zotepine Hs Antagonist 6.5 pKi 16
pKi 6.5 [16]
sertindole Hs Antagonist 6.4 pKi 16
pKi 6.4 [16]
9-OH-risperidone Hs Antagonist 6.0 pKi 16
pKi 6.0 [16]
yohimbine Hs Antagonist 5.9 pKi 1
pKi 5.9 [1]
risperidone Hs Antagonist 5.9 pKi 16
pKi 5.9 [16]
metergoline Hs Antagonist 5.6 – 6.1 pKi 3,10,13
pKi 5.6 – 6.1 [3,10,13]
fluspirilene Hs Antagonist 5.6 pKi 16
pKi 5.6 [16]
rauwolscine Hs Antagonist 5.4 – 5.5 pKi 3,13
pKi 5.4 – 5.5 [3,13]
Primary Transduction Mechanisms
Transducer Effector/Response
Gi/Go family Adenylate cyclase inhibition
Comments:  At higher concentrations, 5-HT can potentiate forskolin-stimulated cAMP accumulation [2].
References:  2
Tissue Distribution
Putamen > frontal cortex, globus pallidus.
Species:  Human
Technique:  Radioligand binding.
References:  11
Cortical areas, caudate, putamen, amygdala.
Species:  Human
Technique:  in situ hybridisation.
References:  5
Functional Assays
Measurement of cAMP levels in a murine fibroblast cell line transfected with the human 5-HT1e receptor.
Species:  Human
Tissue:  Murine fibroblast cell line.
Response measured:  Inhibition of cAMP accumulation.
References:  20
Measurement of cAMP levels in HEK 293 cells transfected with the human 5-HT1e receptor.
Species:  Human
Tissue:  HEK 293 cells.
Response measured:  Inhibition of cAMP accumulation.
References:  10
Measurement of cAMP levels in BS-C-1 cells transfected with the human 5-HT1e receptor.
Species:  Human
Tissue:  BS-C-1 cells
Response measured:  PTX-sensitive inhibition of cAMP accumulation.
References:  2
Gene Expression and Pathophysiology Comments
There is also evidence to suggest that the 5-ht5a is not found in lymphocytes [18].
Biologically Significant Variants
Species:  Human
Description:  There have been no receptor variants reported. This suggests high evolutionary conservation of the 5-ht1e receptor.
References:  17
Available Assays
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1. Adham N, Kao HT, Schecter LE, Bard J, Olsen M, Urquhart D, Durkin M, Hartig PR, Weinshank RL, Branchek TA. (1993) Cloning of another human serotonin receptor (5-HT1F): a fifth 5-HT1 receptor subtype coupled to the inhibition of adenylate cyclase. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A90: 408-412. [PMID:8380639]

2. Adham N, Vaysse PJ, Weinshank RL, Branchek TA. (1994) The cloned human 5-HT1E receptor couples to inhibition and activation of adenylyl cyclase via two distinct pathways in transfected BS-C-1 cells. Neuropharmacology33: 403-410. [PMID:7984278]

3. Bai F, Yin T, Johnstone EM, Su C, Varga G, Little SP, Nelson DL. (2004) Molecular cloning and pharmacological characterization of the guinea pig 5-HT1E receptor. Eur J Pharmacol484: 127-139. [PMID:14744596]

4. Brown AM, Avenell K, Young TJ, Ho M, Porter RA, Vimal M, Middlemiss DN. (1998) BRL 54443, a potent agonist with selectivity for human cloned 5-HT1E and 5-HT1F receptors. British Journal of Pharmacology123 (1): 233.

5. Bruinvels AT, Landwehrmeyer B, Gustafson EL, Durkin MM, Mengod G, Branchek TA, Hoyer D, Palacios JM. (1994) Localization of 5-HT1B, 5-HT1D alpha, 5-HT1E and 5-HT1F receptor messenger RNA in rodent and primate brain. Neuropharmacology33: 367-386. [PMID:7984275]

6. Dukat M, Smith C, Herrick-Davis K, Teitler M, Glennon RA. (2004) Binding of tryptamine analogs at h5-HT1E receptors: a structure-affinity investigation. Bioorg Med Chem12: 2545-2552. [PMID:15110837]

7. Glennon RA, Lee M, Rangisetty JB, Dukat M, Roth BL, Savage JE, McBride A, Rauser L, Hufeisen S, Lee DK. (2000) 2-Substituted tryptamines: agents with selectivity for 5-HT(6) serotonin receptors. J Med Chem43: 1011-1018. [PMID:10715164]

8. John GW, Pauwels PJ, Perez M, Halazy S, Le Grand B, Verscheure Y, Valentin JP, Palmier C, Wurch T, Chopin P, Marien M, Kleven MS, Koek W, Assie MB, Carilla-Durand E, Tarayre JP, Colpaert FC. (1999) F 11356, a novel 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) derivative with potent, selective, and unique high intrinsic activity at 5-HT1B/1D receptors in models relevant to migraine. J Pharmacol Exp Ther290: 83-95. [PMID:10381763]

9. Levy FO, Holtgreve-Grez H, Tasken K, Solberg R, Ried T, Gudermann T. (1994) Assignment of the gene encoding the 5-HT1E serotonin receptor (S31) (locus HTR1E) to human chromosome 6q14-q15. Genomics22: 637-640. [PMID:8001977]

10. McAllister G, Charlesworth A, Snodin C, Beer MS, Noble AJ, Middlemiss DN, Iversen LL, Whiting P. (1992) Molecular cloning of a serotonin receptor from human brain (5HT1E): a fifth 5HT1-like subtype. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A89: 5517-5521. [PMID:1608964]

11. Miller KJ, Teitler M. (1992) Quantitative autoradiography of 5-CT-sensitive (5-HT1D) and 5-CT-insensitive (5-HT1E) serotonin receptors in human brain. Neurosci Lett136: 223-226. [PMID:1641195]

12. Napier C, Stewart M, Melrose H, Hopkins B, McHarg A, Wallis R. (1999) Characterisation of the 5-HT receptor binding profile of eletriptan and kinetics of [3H]eletriptan binding at human 5-HT1B and 5-HT1D receptors. Eur J Pharmacol368: 259-268. [PMID:10193663]

13. Parker EM, Izzarelli DG, Lewis-Higgins L, Palmer D, Shapiro RA. (1996) Two amino acid differences in the sixth transmembrane domain are partially responsible for the pharmacological differences between the 5-HT1D beta and 5-HT1E 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors. J Neurochem67: 2096-2103. [PMID:8863519]

14. Phebus LA, Johnson KW, Zgombick JM, Gilbert PJ, Van Belle K, Mancuso V, Nelson DL, Calligaro DO, Kiefer AD, Branchek TA, Flaugh ME. (1997) Characterization of LY344864 as a pharmacological tool to study 5-HT1F receptors: binding affinities, brain penetration and activity in the neurogenic dural inflammation model of migraine. Life Sci61: 2117-212. [PMID:9395253]

15. Price GW, Burton MJ, Collin LJ, Duckworth M, Gaster L, Gothert M, Jones BJ, Roberts C, Watson JM, Middlemiss DN. (1997) SB-216641 and BRL-15572 compounds to pharmacologically discriminate h5-HT1B and h5-HT1D receptors. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch. Pharmacol.356: 312-320. [PMID:9303567]

16. Schotte A, Janssen PF, Gommeren W, Luyten WH, Van Gompel P, Lesage AS, De Loore K, Leysen JE. (1996) Risperidone compared with new and reference antipsychotic drugs: in vitro and in vivo receptor binding. Psychopharmacology (Berl)124: 57-73. [PMID:8935801]

17. Shimron-Abarbanell D, Nothen MM, Erdmann J, Propping P. (1995) Lack of genetically determined structural variants of the human serotonin-1E (5-HT1E) receptor protein points to its evolutionary conservation. Brain Res Mol Brain Res29: 387-390. [PMID:7609628]

18. Stefulj J, Jernej B, Cicin-Sain L, Rinner I, Schauenstein K. (2000) mRNA expression of serotonin receptors in cells of the immune tissues of the rat. Brain Behav Immun14: 219-224. [PMID:10970681]

19. Watson J, Brough S, Coldwell MC, Gager T, Ho M, Hunter AJ, Jerman J, Middlemiss DN, Riley GJ, Brown AM. (1998) Functional effects of the muscarinic receptor agonist, xanomeline, at 5-HT1 and 5-HT2 receptors. Br J Pharmacol125: 1413-1420. [PMID:9884068]

20. Zgombick JM, Schechter LE, Macchi M, Hartig PR, Branchek TA, Weinshank RL. (1992) Human gene S31 encodes the pharmacologically defined serotonin 5-hydroxytryptamine1E receptor. Mol Pharmacol42: 180-185. [PMID:1513320]

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