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Cholecystokinin B-type receptors mediate a G-protein-dependent depolarizing action of sulphated cholecystokinin ocatapeptide (CCK-8s) on rodent neonatal spinal ventral horn neurons.

Integrative Neuroscience Section National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health/Department of Health and Human Services, Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA.
Journal of Neurophysiology (Impact Factor: 3.3). 10/2007; 98(3):1108-14. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00148.2007
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ABSTRACT Reports of cholecystokinin (CCK) binding and expression of CCK receptors in neonatal rodent spinal cord suggest that CCK may influence neuronal excitability. In patch-clamp recordings from 19/21 ventral horn motoneurons in neonatal (PN 5-12 days) rat spinal cord slices, we noted a slowly rising and prolonged membrane depolarization induced by bath-applied sulfated CCK octapeptide (CCK-8s; 1 microM), blockable by the CCK B receptor antagonist L-365,260 (1 microM). Responses to nonsulfated CCK-8 or CCK-4 were significantly weaker. Under voltage clamp (V H -65 mV), 22/24 motoneurons displayed a CCK-8s-induced tetrodotoxin-resistant inward current [peak: -136 +/- 28 pA] with a similar time course, mediated via reduction in a potassium conductance. In 29/31 unidentified neurons, CCK-8s induced a significantly smaller inward current (peak: -42.8 +/- 5.6 pA), and I-V plots revealed either membrane conductance decrease with net inward current reversal at 101.3 +/- 4.4 mV (n = 16), membrane conductance increase with net current reversing at 36.1 +/- 3.8 mV (n = 4), or parallel shift (n = 9). Intracellular GTP-gamma-S significantly prolonged the effect of CCK-8s (n = 6), whereas GDP-beta-S significantly reduced the CCK-8s response (n = 6). Peak inward currents were significantly reduced after 5-min perfusion with N-ethylmaleimide. In isolated neonatal mouse spinal cord preparations, CCK-8s (30-300 nM) increased the amplitude and discharge of spontaneous depolarizations recorded from lumbosacral ventral roots. These observations imply functional postsynaptic G-protein-coupled CCK B receptors are prevalent in neonatal rodent spinal cord.

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