KATP-dependent neurotransmitter release in the neuronal network of the rat caudate nucleus

Mirja Steinkamp, Tianlang Li, Henriette Fuellgraf, Andreas Moser*

*Corresponding author for this work
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KATP channels can couple the bioenergetic metabolism of the cell to membrane excitability. Here, we show γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) mediated inhibition of dopamine outflow from slices of the rat caudate nucleus that is regulated by extracellular glucose via high- and low-affinity KATP channels. During glucose reduction, a biphasic dopamine effect could be observed with first a dopamine increase followed by a decline at low glucose concentrations. Both phases were inhibited by glibenclamide. Pinacidil decreased DA outflow without an effect of glucose reduction implying an overall activation of KATP channels. The first phase with dopamine increase was related to reduced GABAergic activity and could be blocked by bicuculline. Our results may be explained by different types of KATP channels with low affinity of ATP and glibenclamide on inhibitory GABAergic and high-affinity on excitatory DAergic neurons. This led us to suggest a biological principle through which neuronal networks are functioning.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurochemistry International
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2007

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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