The involvement of L-type calcium channels in heterosynaptic long-term depression in the hippocampus

Neurosci Lett. 1991 Sep 2;130(1):128-32. doi: 10.1016/0304-3940(91)90244-n.

Abstract

The involvement of L-type calcium channels in heterosynaptic long-term depression (LTD) of the stratum radiatum input to area CA1 was studied in rat hippocampal slices. LTD of the radiatum field excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) and population spike, produced by tetanization of the alveus in the presence of picrotoxin, was blocked by the calcium antagonist nimodipine and by a monoclonal antibody to the L-type calcium channel. LTD was produced in the absence of picrotoxin when the L-type calcium channel agonist, BAY-K8644, was applied. This effect was also blocked by nimodipine. These results indicate that L-type calcium channels are involved in heterosynaptic long-term depression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • 3-Pyridinecarboxylic acid, 1,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-5-nitro-4-(2-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)-, Methyl ester / pharmacology
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Calcium Channels / drug effects
  • Calcium Channels / immunology
  • Calcium Channels / physiology*
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Evoked Potentials / drug effects
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Male
  • Nimodipine / pharmacology
  • Picrotoxin / pharmacology
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Synapses / physiology*

Substances

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Calcium Channels
  • Picrotoxin
  • Nimodipine
  • 3-Pyridinecarboxylic acid, 1,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-5-nitro-4-(2-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)-, Methyl ester