Decreased GABA Receptor Binding in the Cerebral Cortex of Insulin Induced Hypoglycemic and Streptozotocin Induced Diabetic Rats

Centre for Neuroscience, Department of Biotechnology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala, India.
Neurochemical Research (Impact Factor: 2.59). 10/2010; 35(10):1516-21. DOI: 10.1007/s11064-010-0210-7
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Hypoglycemia is the major problem to blood glucose homeostasis in treatment of diabetes and is associated with severe irreversible consequences including seizures, coma and death. GABAergic inhibitory function in the cerebral cortex plays an important role in controlling the excitability and responsiveness of cortical neurons. Present study analysed effects of insulin induced hypoglycemia and streptozotocin induced diabetes on the cortical GABA receptor binding, GABA(Aά1), GABA(B) receptor subtype expression, GAD and GLUT3 expression. Diabetic rats showed decreased [(3)H] GABA binding in the cerebral cortex compared to control while hypoglycemia exacerbated the decrease. GABA receptor subunits; GABA(Aά1), GABA(B) and GAD expression significantly decreased in diabetic rats whereas hypoglycemia significanly decreased the expression compared to diabetic. GLUT3 expression significantly up regulated during both hypo and hyperglycemia. Our results showed that hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia decreased GABAergic neuroprotective function in the cerebral cortex, which account for the increased vulnerability of cerebral cortex to subsequent neuronal damage during hypo/hyperglycemia.

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    • "Recently, it was shown that insulin-induced hypoglycemic and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats exhibit significantly decreased expression of GABRA1 with reduced cortical GABA binding (Antony et al. 2010; Sherin et al. 2010, 2012), indicating that Network 2 shown in Figure 3B also represents the effects of insulin signaling impairment owing to the decreased expression of PCSK1 and PCSK2. Moreover, silencing of the CPLX1 gene, which is also part of Network 2 and which was also downregulated in AD brains (Fig. 3B), has been reported to cause strong impairment of insulin secretion in response to glucose (Abderrahmani et al. 2004). "
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