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Definition of 5-HT1A

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

5-HT1A: A type of receptor for serotonin. The gene that encodes this receptor has been named HTR1A and is located on chromosome 5 in region 5q11.2-q13.

Serotonin (also known as 5-hydroxytryptamine) is an important neurotransmitter within the central nervous system. After it is released by a neuron, serotonin activates receptors located on nearby neurons. These receptors include 5-HT1A.

5-HT1A stands for 5-beta hydroxytryptamine receptor 1.

Reviewed on 12/21/2018

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