Intrahippocampal injection of pertussis toxin blocks adenosine suppression of synaptic responses

Brain Res. 1989 Aug 14;494(2):359-64. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(89)90604-5.


Adenosine exerts prominent inhibitory effects on synaptic transmission via a presynaptic action. Using the hippocampal slice preparation, we have found in electrophysiological experiments that this action of adenosine is blocked by intrahippocampal injections of pertussis toxin. In biochemical studies, we have confirmed that this treatment affects the GTP-binding proteins, Gi and Go, in this preparation. These results indicate that both pre- and postsynaptic actions of adenosine involve pertussis toxin-sensitive GTP-binding proteins.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Action Potentials / drug effects
  • Adenosine / pharmacology*
  • Animals
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Hippocampus / drug effects
  • Hippocampus / physiology*
  • Male
  • Pertussis Toxin*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Virulence Factors, Bordetella / pharmacology*


  • Virulence Factors, Bordetella
  • Pertussis Toxin
  • GTP-Binding Proteins
  • Adenosine