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Recruitment of GABAA inhibition in rat neocortex is limited and not NMDA dependent.
J Neurophysiol. 1995 Dec; 74(6):2329-35.JN

Abstract

1. The recruitment of evoked fast inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) and excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) was examined using whole cell voltage-clamp recordings from layer V pyramidal neurons in slices of rat somatosensory cortex. Synaptic currents were evoked with graded electrical stimulation to assess the relative activation of IPSCs and EPSCs. Fast GABAA ergic IPSCs were selectively recorded by holding cells at potentials equal to EPSC reversal (approximately 0 mV). EPSCs were likewise isolated by holding cells at IPSC reversal potential (about -75 mV). 2. As stimulus intensities were increased, the magnitude of the postsynaptic currents also increased. Over the range of stimuli applied (2-10 V), EPSCs did not exhibit an upper limit. However, fast gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABAA-mediated IPSCs reached a maximum at intensities approximately 2 times threshold. 3. The limit on fast inhibition was unresponsive to alterations in N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-mediated excitation. Exposure to nominally magnesium-free solutions or to the NMDA antagonist 3-[(RS)-2-carboxypiperazin-4-yl]-propyl-1-phosphonic acid did not affect the fast IPSC maximum. Shifts in the input-output curves for submaximal activation of IPSCs were seen, which were attributed to polysynaptic excitation. 4. Blockade of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid/kainate (non-NMDA) receptors with 6-cyano-7-nitro-quinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX) completely abolished synaptically driven, fast GABAA-mediated inhibition. These findings suggested that neocortical inhibitory cells could be driven exclusively through non-NMDA transmission. 5. By comparison, in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons maximal fast inhibition was sensitive to both NMDA and non-NMDA receptor blockade. 6. The results in neocortex were corroborated by direct intracellular recordings from layer V-VI interneurons. Non-NMDA receptor blockade with CNQX prevented synaptic activation of action potentials in these cells, even during cotreatment with magnesium-free solution. 7. Together, these results suggest that recruitment of GABA(A) ergic IPSCs in neocortex is ultimately driven via glutamatergic afferents arriving at non-NMDA receptors on interneurons. Properties limiting fast inhibition would favor the propagation of enhanced excitatory activity through the neuronal network.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pharmacology, State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn 11203, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8747195

Citation

Ling, D S., and L S. Benardo. "Recruitment of GABAA Inhibition in Rat Neocortex Is Limited and Not NMDA Dependent." Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 74, no. 6, 1995, pp. 2329-35.
Ling DS, Benardo LS. Recruitment of GABAA inhibition in rat neocortex is limited and not NMDA dependent. J Neurophysiol. 1995;74(6):2329-35.
Ling, D. S., & Benardo, L. S. (1995). Recruitment of GABAA inhibition in rat neocortex is limited and not NMDA dependent. Journal of Neurophysiology, 74(6), 2329-35.
Ling DS, Benardo LS. Recruitment of GABAA Inhibition in Rat Neocortex Is Limited and Not NMDA Dependent. J Neurophysiol. 1995;74(6):2329-35. PubMed PMID: 8747195.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Recruitment of GABAA inhibition in rat neocortex is limited and not NMDA dependent. AU - Ling,D S, AU - Benardo,L S, PY - 1995/12/1/pubmed PY - 1995/12/1/medline PY - 1995/12/1/entrez SP - 2329 EP - 35 JF - Journal of neurophysiology JO - J Neurophysiol VL - 74 IS - 6 N2 - 1. The recruitment of evoked fast inhibitory postsynaptic currents (IPSCs) and excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) was examined using whole cell voltage-clamp recordings from layer V pyramidal neurons in slices of rat somatosensory cortex. Synaptic currents were evoked with graded electrical stimulation to assess the relative activation of IPSCs and EPSCs. Fast GABAA ergic IPSCs were selectively recorded by holding cells at potentials equal to EPSC reversal (approximately 0 mV). EPSCs were likewise isolated by holding cells at IPSC reversal potential (about -75 mV). 2. As stimulus intensities were increased, the magnitude of the postsynaptic currents also increased. Over the range of stimuli applied (2-10 V), EPSCs did not exhibit an upper limit. However, fast gamma-aminobutyric acid-A (GABAA-mediated IPSCs reached a maximum at intensities approximately 2 times threshold. 3. The limit on fast inhibition was unresponsive to alterations in N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-mediated excitation. Exposure to nominally magnesium-free solutions or to the NMDA antagonist 3-[(RS)-2-carboxypiperazin-4-yl]-propyl-1-phosphonic acid did not affect the fast IPSC maximum. Shifts in the input-output curves for submaximal activation of IPSCs were seen, which were attributed to polysynaptic excitation. 4. Blockade of alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid/kainate (non-NMDA) receptors with 6-cyano-7-nitro-quinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX) completely abolished synaptically driven, fast GABAA-mediated inhibition. These findings suggested that neocortical inhibitory cells could be driven exclusively through non-NMDA transmission. 5. By comparison, in hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons maximal fast inhibition was sensitive to both NMDA and non-NMDA receptor blockade. 6. The results in neocortex were corroborated by direct intracellular recordings from layer V-VI interneurons. Non-NMDA receptor blockade with CNQX prevented synaptic activation of action potentials in these cells, even during cotreatment with magnesium-free solution. 7. Together, these results suggest that recruitment of GABA(A) ergic IPSCs in neocortex is ultimately driven via glutamatergic afferents arriving at non-NMDA receptors on interneurons. Properties limiting fast inhibition would favor the propagation of enhanced excitatory activity through the neuronal network. SN - 0022-3077 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8747195/Recruitment_of_GABAA_inhibition_in_rat_neocortex_is_limited_and_not_NMDA_dependent_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -