PP2 inhibits glutamate release from nerve endings by affecting vesicle mobilization
Src kinase is widely expressed in the brain and its inhibition with PP2 has previously been shown to depress depolarization-evoked glutamate release from rat cerebrocortical synaptosomes by reducing voltage-dependent Ca2+ entry. In this study, we further showed that the inhibitory effect of PP2 on 4-aminopyridine-evoked glutamate release results from a reduction of vesicular exocytosis and not from an inhibition of non-vesicular release. In addition, PP2 significantly inhibited ionomycin-induced or hypertonic sucrose-induced glutamate release. Also, disruption of cytoskeleton organization with cytochalasin D occluded the inhibitory action of PP2 on 4-aminopyridine and ionomycin-evoked glutamate release. These results suggest that PP2-mediated inhibition of glutamate release involves the modulation of some exocytotic steps, possibly through a regulation of actin cytoskeleton dynamics.
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