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Title: Cys-loop ligand-gated chloride channels in dorsal unpaired median neurons of Locusta migratoria
Authors: JANSSEN, Daniel
Derst, Christian
RIGO, Jean-Michel
VAN KERKHOVE, Emmy
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: The American Physiological Society
Citation: JOURNAL OF NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, 103. p. 2587-2598
Abstract: In insects, inhibitory neurotransmission is generally associated with members of the cys-loop ligand-gated anion channels, such as the glutamate-gated chloride channel (GluCl), the GABA-gated chloride channels (GABACl), and the histamine-gated chloride channels (HisCl). These ionotropic receptors are considered established target sites for the development of insecticides, and therefore it is necessary to obtain a better insight in their distribution, structure, and functional properties. Here, by combining electrophysiology and molecular biology techniques, we identified and characterized GluCl, GABACl, and HisCl in dorsal unpaired median (DUM) neurons of Locust migratoria. In whole cell patch-clamp recordings, application of glutamate, GABA, or histamine induced rapidly activating ionic currents. GluCls were sensitive to ibotenic acid and blocked by picrotoxin and fipronil. The pharmacological profile of the L. migratoria GABACl fitted neither the vertebrate GABAA nor GABAC receptor and was similar to the properties of the cloned Drosophila melanogaster GABA receptor subunit (Rdl). The expression of Rdl-like subunit-containing GABA receptors was shown at the molecular level using RT-PCR. Sequencing analysis indicated that the orthologous GABACl of D. melanogaster CG10357-A is expressed in DUM neurons of L. migratoria. Histamine-induced currents exhibited a fast onset and desensitized completely on continuous application of histamine. In conclusion, within the DUM neurons of L. migratoria, we identified three different cys-loop ligand-gated anion channels that use GABA, glutamate, or histamine as their neurotransmitter.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/11805
DOI: 10.1152/jn.00466.2009
ISI #: 000277564500024
ISSN: 0022-3077
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2011
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