Rapid AMPA desensitization in catfish cone horizontal cells

Vollum Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland 97201, USA.
Visual Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 2.21). 01/1997; 14(1):13-8. DOI: 10.1017/S0952523800008713
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AMPA and NMDA type glutamate receptors were studied in isolated catfish cone horizontal cells using the whole-cell and outside-out patch-recording techniques. In whole-cell recordings, cyclothiazide (CTZ) enhanced the peak current in response to glutamate (in the presence of NMDA receptor antagonists). In patch recordings, currents evoked by rapid and maintained applications of glutamate desensitized with a time constant of one millisecond. CTZ blocked this rapid desensitization. Recovery from desensitization of the AMPA receptors was rapid, having a time constant of 8.65 ms. In contrast, the whole-cell and patch responses to applications of NMDA were much smaller than the AMPA receptor responses and did not desensitize. The relative contribution of these two receptor subtypes depends critically on the condition of the synapse; if glutamate levels are tonically present, the NMDA receptors contribute significantly to the postsynaptic response. If glutamate levels fall rapidly following the release of a single quantum of glutamate, then AMPA receptor currents will dominate the postsynaptic response.

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    • "Functional CP-GluARs have been found in horizontal cells of every species investigated, including lizard (Jackman et al., 2011), fish (Eliasof and Jahr, 1997; Huang and Liang, 2005; Sun et al., 2010), skate (Kreitzer et al., 2009), and rabbit (Rivera et al., 2001; Figure 1B). Catfish cone horizontal cells, stellate neurons with enormous somata (Sakai and Naka, 1986), express extraordinarily fast CP-GluARs: in excised membrane patches at room temperature, glutamate-evoked currents desensitized with a time constant of ∼1 ms and recovered from desensitization with a time constant of less than 9 ms (Eliasof and Jahr, 1997). These rapid kinetics, rivaled only by GluARs receptors in avian auditory nuclei (Raman and Trussell, 1992), suggest that CP-GluARs may mediate local signaling in horizontal cell processes, because such brief conductances would be filtered strongly by the large membrane capacitance of the cell. "
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