Serotonin and cyclic AMP close single K+ channels in Aplysia sensory neurones

Nature. 1982 Sep 30;299(5882):413-7. doi: 10.1038/299413a0.


We have identified a serotonin-sensitive K+ channel with novel properties. The channel is active at the testing potential; its gating is moderately affected by membrane potential and is not dependent on the activity of intracellular calcium ions. Application of serotonin to the cell body or intracellular injection of cyclic AMP causes prolonged and complete closure of the channel, thereby reducing the effective number of active channels in the membrane. The closure of the channel can account for the increases in the duration of the action potential, Ca2+ influx, and transmitter release which underlie behavioural sensitization, a simple form of learning.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Aplysia / physiology*
  • Calcium / physiology
  • Cyclic AMP / physiology*
  • Ion Channels / physiology*
  • Membrane Potentials
  • Memory / physiology
  • Neurons / physiology
  • Potassium / physiology*
  • Serotonin / physiology*


  • Ion Channels
  • Serotonin
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Potassium
  • Calcium