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GABAB receptors mediate disinhibition and facilitate long-term potentiation in the dentate gyrus.

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Mott, DD; Lewis, DV
Published in: Epilepsy Res Suppl
1992

We examined the role of synaptic inhibition in regulating the development of long-term potentiation (LTP) in the dentate gyrus of the rat hippocampal slice. LTP was produced by delivering repetitive stimulation to the molecular layer at 5 Hz, a frequency in the range of theta rhythm. During this repetitive stimulation, responses became wider and developed extra population spikes. This enhancement was caused by an increase in the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) component of the response. NMDA responses became enhanced because there was suppression of the underlying gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABAA) receptor-mediated inhibitory postsynaptic potential (IPSP). Application of 2-OH saclofen prevented both the suppression of the IPSP as well as the increase in the NMDA component, demonstrating that the enhancement of the NMDA response was caused by a GABAB receptor-mediated suppression of inhibition. Furthermore, by preventing the GABAB receptor-mediated disinhibition, and thus the increase in the NMDA component, 2-OH saclofen blocked the development of LTP following the stimulus train. These observations indicate that GABAB receptor-mediated disinhibition is required for LTP induction by 5-Hz stimulation, and suggest that GABAB receptors represent a novel site for modulation of synaptic plasticity. The possible functional significance of these phenomena in the intact hippocampal deserves to be investigated.

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Published In

Epilepsy Res Suppl

ISSN

0922-9833

Publication Date

1992

Volume

7

Start / End Page

119 / 134

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • Theta Rhythm
  • Synaptic Transmission
  • Synapses
  • Receptors, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate
  • Receptors, GABA-A
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Rats
  • Neurons
  • Neural Inhibition
  • Male
 

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Mott, D. D., & Lewis, D. V. (1992). GABAB receptors mediate disinhibition and facilitate long-term potentiation in the dentate gyrus. Epilepsy Res Suppl, 7, 119–134.
Mott, D. D., and D. V. Lewis. “GABAB receptors mediate disinhibition and facilitate long-term potentiation in the dentate gyrus.Epilepsy Res Suppl 7 (1992): 119–34.
Mott, D. D., and D. V. Lewis. “GABAB receptors mediate disinhibition and facilitate long-term potentiation in the dentate gyrus.Epilepsy Res Suppl, vol. 7, 1992, pp. 119–34.

Published In

Epilepsy Res Suppl

ISSN

0922-9833

Publication Date

1992

Volume

7

Start / End Page

119 / 134

Location

Netherlands

Related Subject Headings

  • Theta Rhythm
  • Synaptic Transmission
  • Synapses
  • Receptors, N-Methyl-D-Aspartate
  • Receptors, GABA-A
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Rats
  • Neurons
  • Neural Inhibition
  • Male