D(1) dopamine receptor stimulation increases GluR1 phosphorylation in postnatal nucleus accumbens cultures

J Neurochem. 2002 Jun;81(5):984-92. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-4159.2002.00877.x.


Postsynaptic interactions between dopamine and glutamate receptors in the nucleus accumbens are critical for acute responses to drugs of abuse and for neuroadaptations resulting from their chronic administration. We tested the hypothesis that D(1) dopamine receptor stimulation increases phosphorylation of the AMPA receptor subunit GluR1 at the protein kinase A phosphorylation site (Ser845). Nucleus accumbens cell cultures were prepared from postnatal day 1 rats. After 14 days in culture, GluR1 phosphorylation was measured by western blotting using phosphorylation site-specific antibodies. The D(1) receptor agonist SKF 81297 increased Ser845 phosphorylation in a concentration- dependent manner, with marked increases occurring within 5 min. This was prevented by the D(1) receptor antagonist SCH 23390 and the protein kinase A inhibitor H89, and reproduced by forskolin. The D(2) receptor agonist quinpirole attenuated the response to D(1) receptor stimulation. Neither D(1) nor D(2) receptor agonists altered GluR1 phosphorylation at Ser831, the site phosphorylated by protein kinase C and calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II. In other systems, phosphorylation of GluR1 at Ser845 is associated with enhancement of AMPA receptor currents. Thus, the present results suggest that AMPA receptor transmission in the nucleus accumbens may be augmented by concurrent D(1) receptor stimulation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Benzazepines / pharmacology
  • Binding Sites / physiology
  • Blotting, Western
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases / metabolism
  • Dopamine Agonists / pharmacology
  • Dopamine Antagonists / pharmacology
  • Immunoblotting
  • Nucleus Accumbens / cytology
  • Nucleus Accumbens / drug effects
  • Nucleus Accumbens / metabolism*
  • Phosphorylation / drug effects
  • Rats
  • Receptors, AMPA / metabolism*
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1 / agonists
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1 / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1 / metabolism*


  • Benzazepines
  • Dopamine Agonists
  • Dopamine Antagonists
  • Receptors, AMPA
  • Receptors, Dopamine D1
  • SK&F 81297
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases
  • glutamate receptor ionotropic, AMPA 1