Assembly of functional alpha6beta3gamma2delta GABA(A) receptors in vitro

Neuroreport. 2000 Dec 18;11(18):4103-6. doi: 10.1097/00001756-200012180-00038.

Abstract

Transgenic mice deficient in the alpha6 subunit of the GABA(A) receptor show reduced levels of the delta subunit protein and an altered GABA(A) receptor pharmacology, suggesting selective assembly mechanisms. Delta reduced the binding of [3H]Ro15-4513 or t-butylbicyclophosphoro[35S]thionate and, to a lesser extent, [3H]muscimol to recombinant alpha1beta1gamma2(delta), alpha4beta1gamma2(delta) and alpha6beta1gamma2(delta) receptors, paralleled by diminished GABA-evoked maximal currents in electrophysiological recordings for the latter one. The delta subunit gave rise to a lower EC50 for GABA and a slowed desensitization indicating its assembly in alpha6beta2delta, alpha6beta1gamma2delta and alpha6beta2gamma2delta receptors. The data show that the delta subunits assemble in various functional GABA(A) receptor subtypes in vitro to reduce GABA-evoked maximal currents and ligand binding, but increase the potency for GABA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Affinity Labels / pharmacology
  • Anesthetics / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Anticonvulsants / pharmacology
  • Azides / pharmacology
  • Benzodiazepines / pharmacology
  • Binding Sites / drug effects
  • Binding Sites / physiology
  • Cells, Cultured / drug effects
  • Cells, Cultured / metabolism
  • Desoxycorticosterone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Desoxycorticosterone / pharmacology
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Membrane Potentials / drug effects
  • Membrane Potentials / genetics
  • Muscimol / pharmacology
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary / drug effects
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary / genetics*
  • Rats
  • Receptors, GABA-A / chemistry*
  • Receptors, GABA-A / drug effects
  • Receptors, GABA-A / genetics*
  • Transfection
  • Triazoles / pharmacology
  • Tritium
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid / pharmacology

Substances

  • Affinity Labels
  • Anesthetics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Azides
  • Receptors, GABA-A
  • Triazoles
  • Tritium
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Muscimol
  • Desoxycorticosterone
  • tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid
  • loreclezole
  • Ro 15-4513