Steffen B Schulz

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlín, Berlin, Germany

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Publications (5)21.67 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Stressful experiences do not only cause peripheral changes in stress hormone levels, but also affect central structures such as the hippocampus, implicated in spatial orientation, stress evaluation, and learning and memory. It has been suggested that formation of memory traces is dependent on hippocampal gamma oscillations observed during alert behaviour and rapid eye movement sleep. Furthermore, during quiescent behaviour, sharp wave-ripple (SW-R) activity emerges. These events provide a temporal window during which reactivation of memory ensembles occur. We hypothesized that stress-responsive modulators, such as corticosterone (CORT), corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) and the neurosteroid 3α, 21-dihydroxy-5α-pregnan-20-one (THDOC) are able to modulate gamma oscillations and SW-Rs. Using in vitro hippocampal slices, we studied acute and subacute (2 h) impact of these agents on gamma oscillations in area cornu ammonis 3 of the ventral hippocampus induced by acetylcholine (10 μm) combined with physostigmine (2 μm). CORT increased the gamma oscillations in a dose-dependent fashion. This effect was mediated by glucocorticoid receptors. Likewise, CRF augmented gamma oscillations via CRF type 1 receptor. Lastly, THDOC was found to diminish cholinergic gamma oscillations in a dose-dependent manner. Neither CORT, CRF nor THDOC modulated gamma power when pre-applied for 1 h, 2 h before the induction of gamma oscillations. Interestingly, stress-related neuromodulators had rather mild effects on spontaneous SW-R compared with their effects on gamma oscillations. These data suggest that the alteration of hippocampal gamma oscillation strength in vitro by stress-related agents is an acute process, permitting fast adaptation to new attention-requiring situations in vivo.
    European Journal of Neuroscience 10/2014; 41(1). DOI:10.1111/ejn.12750 · 3.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Adenosine is considered an endogenous anticonvulsant. However, much less is known about the putative effects of its precursor, ATP, on epilepsy. Therefore, we tested whether ATP and its receptors are able to modulate epileptiform activity in the medial entorhinal cortex of the rat. Methods: Recurrent epileptiform discharges (REDs) were induced by elevating extracellular potassium concentration combined with application of bicuculline in brain slices from naive and pilocarpine-treated chronic epileptic rats. Field potentials were recorded from layer V/VI of the medial entorhinal cortex. Key Findings: REDs in slices from naive animals had a higher incidence and a shorter duration than in slices from chronic epileptic animals. Exogenous application of ATP reversibly reduced the incidence of REDs in naive and chronic epileptic slices via activation of adenosine A1 receptors without discernible P2 receptor effects. This effect was stronger in slices from chronic epileptic rats. In slices from naive rats, the P2X7 receptor antagonist A 740003 slightly but significantly reduced the amplitude of slow field potentials of REDs. In slices from chronic epileptic rats, none of the P2 receptor antagonists affected the parameters of REDs. Significance: Our results suggest that endogenously released ATP differentially modulates REDs by activation of A1 and P2X7 receptors. Although it has a minor proepileptic effect by direct activation of P2X7 receptors, its metabolite adenosine reduces the epileptiform activity via activation of A1 receptors. The exact effect of ATP on neural activity depends on the actual activity of ectonucleotidases and the expression level of the purinergic receptors, which both alter during epileptogenesis. In addition, our data suggest that P2X7 receptor antagonists have a minor antiepileptic effect.
    Epilepsia 10/2012; 53(11). DOI:10.1111/j.1528-1167.2012.03724.x · 4.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background and purpose: Disturbed cortical gamma band oscillations (30-80 Hz) have been observed in schizophrenia: positive symptoms of the disease correlate with an increase in gamma oscillation power, whereas negative symptoms are associated with a decrease. Experimental approach: Here we investigated the effects of first and second generation antipsychotics (FGAs and SGAs, respectively) on gamma oscillations. The FGAs haloperidol, flupenthixol, chlorpromazine, chlorprothixene and the SGAs clozapine, risperidone, ziprasidone, amisulpride were applied on gamma oscillations induced by acetylcholine and physostigmine in the CA3 region of rat hippocampal slices. Key results: Antipsychotics inhibited the power of gamma oscillations and increased the bandwidth of the gamma band. Haloperidol and clozapine had the highest inhibitory effects. To determine which receptor is responsible for the alterations in gamma oscillations, the effects of the antipsychotics were plotted against their pK(i) values for 19 receptors and analysed for correlation. Our results indicated that 5-HT(3) receptors have an enhancing effect on gamma oscillations whereas dopamine D(3) receptors inhibit them. To test this prediction, m-chlorophenylbiguanide, PD 128907 and CP 809101, selective agonists at 5-HT(3) , D(3) and 5-HT(2C) receptors were applied and revealed that 5-HT(3) receptors indeed enhanced the gamma power whereas D(3) receptors reduced it. As predicted, 5-HT(2C) receptors had no effects on gamma oscillations. Conclusion and implications: Our data suggest that antipsychotics alter hippocampal gamma oscillations by interacting with 5-HT(3) and dopamine D(3) receptors. Moreover, a correlation of receptor affinities with the biological effects can be used to predict targets for the pharmacological effects of multi-target drugs.
    British Journal of Pharmacology 07/2012; 167(7). DOI:10.1111/j.1476-5381.2012.02107.x · 4.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present study was designed to investigate the role of extracellular ATP and its receptors on neuronal network activity. Gamma oscillations (30-50 Hz) were induced in the CA3 region of acute rat hippocampal slices by either acetylcholine (ACh) or kainic acid (KA). ATP reduced the power of KA-induced gamma oscillations exclusively by activation of adenosine receptors after its degradation to adenosine. In contrast, ATP suppressed ACh-induced oscillations through both adenosine and ATP receptors. Activation of adenosine receptors accounts for about 55%, activation of P2 receptors for ∼45% of suppression. Monitoring the ATP degradation by ATP biosensors revealed that bath-applied ATP reaches ∼300 times lower concentrations within the slice. P2 receptors were also activated by endogenous ATP since inhibition of ATP-hydrolyzing enzymes had an inhibitory effect on ACh-induced gamma oscillations. More specific antagonists revealed that ionotropic P2X2 and/or P2X4 receptors reduced the power of ACh-induced gamma oscillations whereas metabotropic P2Y(1) receptor increased it. Intracellular recordings from CA3 pyramidal cells suggest that adenosine receptors reduce the spiking rate and the synchrony of action potentials during gamma oscillations whereas P2 receptors only modulate the firing rate of the cells. In conclusion, our results suggest that endogenously released ATP differentially modulates the power of ACh- or KA-induced gamma oscillations in the CA3 region of the hippocampus by interacting with P2X, P2Y and adenosine receptors. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder'.
    Neuropharmacology 02/2012; 62(2):914-24. DOI:10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.09.024 · 5.11 Impact Factor
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    Biophysical Journal 01/2012; 102(3):323-. DOI:10.1016/j.bpj.2011.11.1772 · 3.97 Impact Factor