Adenosine depresses excitatory but not fast inhibitory synaptic transmission in area CA1 of the rat hippocampus

Neurosci Lett. 1991 Jan 14;122(1):50-2. doi: 10.1016/0304-3940(91)90190-5.


The effects of adenosine on inhibitory synaptic transmission in area CA1 were examined using the rat hippocampal slice preparation and intracellular recording. Adenosine did not change fast inhibitory synaptic potentials (IPSPs) but depressed late IPSPs evoked by direct activation of interneurons in the presence of 6,7-dinitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (DNQX) and D,L-2-amino-5-phosphonovalerate (APV). Directly activated IPSPs were unchanged by the selective adenosine A1 receptor antagonist 8-cyclopentyltheophylline (CPT), but CPT reversed hyperpolarization and depression of late IPSPs produced by adenosine. These results indicate that adenosine depresses disynaptic IPSPs in area CA1 by decreasing synaptic activation of inhibitory neurons.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • 2-Amino-5-phosphonovalerate / pharmacology
  • Adenosine / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • Evoked Potentials / drug effects
  • Hippocampus / drug effects
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Membrane Potentials / drug effects
  • Quinoxalines / pharmacology
  • Rats
  • Synapses / drug effects*
  • Synaptic Transmission / drug effects*
  • Theophylline / analogs & derivatives
  • Theophylline / pharmacology


  • Quinoxalines
  • 8-cyclopentyl-1,3-dimethylxanthine
  • FG 9041
  • 2-Amino-5-phosphonovalerate
  • Theophylline
  • Adenosine