5-HT1A receptor is one of the most important members of the numerous families of serotoninergic receptors. Though it was the first 5-HT receptor to be identified and cloned, the knowledge of its activation/transduction mechanisms, mediated effects, and connection with other systems is still uncompleted. For this reason, relevant is the study of the four Ws of the title: first of all “who” this receptor is, then “why” it continues to be a so attractive target after several years after its identification, then “where” is 5-HT1A receptor expressed within the body, and, finally, “what” effects this receptor can elicit under physiological and pathological conditions. Obviously, more and more potent, safe, and selective “drugs” might be discovered once the responses to these questions are given.
Part of the book: Serotonin