Suppression of LTD in cultured Purkinje cells deficient in the glutamate receptor delta 2 subunit

Neuroreport. 1995 Feb 15;6(3):524-6. doi: 10.1097/00001756-199502000-00029.


Involvement of the glutamate receptor channel delta 2 subunit in cerebellar long-term depression (LTD) was studied in cultures prepared from wild-type and mutant mice deficient in the delta 2 subunit. LTD of the glutamate response was induced by pairing glutamate applications and depolarization of a Purkinje cell in wild-type culture. However, in cultured Purkinje cells prepared from mutant mice, the same conditioning failed to induce LTD. Immunocytological staining showed that mutant Purkinje cells develop and express calbindin (a marker protein for Purkinje cells) as do wild-type cells, but they express no delta 2 subunit protein. The results indicate that the glutamate receptor channel delta 2 subunit is involved in the postsynaptic down-regulation of glutamate sensitivity, presumably during cerebellar LTD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Down-Regulation*
  • Glutamic Acid / pharmacology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mice
  • Mice, Mutant Strains
  • Purkinje Cells*
  • Receptors, Glutamate*
  • Time Factors


  • Receptors, Glutamate
  • Glutamic Acid