Ionotropic glutamate receptor subtypes activate c-fos transcription by distinct calcium-requiring intracellular signaling pathways.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) or non-NMDA receptor activation is sufficient to induce transcription of the immediate early gene c-fos in a calcium-requiring manner. We sought to determine whether the calcium-dependent mechanisms inducing c-fos transcription are identical following activation of these two receptor subtypes. We used in situ hybridization and fura-2 imaging to detect c-fos mRNA and intracellular calcium in individual dentate gyrus neurons maintained in vitro. Structurally distinct inhibitors of phospholipase A2 and cyclooxygenase abolished NMDA--but not kainic acid-induced increases of c-fos mRNA. Conversely, the calmodulin antagonist calmidazolium markedly inhibited kainic acid--but not NMDA-mediated increases of c-fos mRNA. We propose that the dissociation in the mechanisms transducing the calcium influx signals to the nucleus following NMDA and non-NMDA receptor activation is due to spatially distinct sites of calcium entry, resulting in activation of different enzymes located at distinct sites in the cell.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lerea, LS; McNamara, JO

Published Date

  • January 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 31 - 41

PubMed ID

  • 8427701

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0896-6273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0896-6273(93)90239-n


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States