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GABAB Receptors Regulate Extrasynaptic GABAA Receptors


Connelly, WM and Fyson, SJ and Errington, AC and McCafferty, CP and Cope, DW and Di Giovanni, G and Crunelli, V, GABAB Receptors Regulate Extrasynaptic GABAA Receptors, Journal of Neuroscience, 33, (9) pp. 3780-3785. ISSN 0270-6474 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4989-12.2013


Tonic inhibitory GABAA receptor mediated currents are observed in numerous cell types in the CNS including thalamocortical neurons of the ventrobasal thalamus, dentate gyrus granule cells and cerebellar granule cells. Here we show that in rat brain slices activation of postsynaptic GABABreceptors enhances the magnitude of the tonic GABAA current recorded in these cell types via a pathway involving Gi/o G-proteins, adenylate cyclase and cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA). Using a combination of pharmacology and knockout mice, we show that this pathway is independent of potassium channels or GABA transporters. Furthermore, the enhancement in tonic current is sufficient to significantly alter the excitability of thalamocortical neurons. These results demonstrate for the first time a postsynaptic cross talk between GABAB and GABAA receptors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:GABA receptors
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Cellular nervous system
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Connelly, WM (Dr William Connelly)
ID Code:131563
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:67
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2019-03-22
Last Modified:2019-05-20

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