Immunocytochemical localization of the alpha 6 subunit of the gamma-aminobutyric acidA receptor in the rat nervous system

J Comp Neurol. 1996 Feb 12;365(3):504-10. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-9861(19960212)365:3<504::AID-CNE12>3.0.CO;2-Q.


The localization in the rat central nervous system and retina of the alpha 6 subunit peptide of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABAA) receptor has been studied by light microscopy immunocytochemistry with a specific anti-alpha 6 antibody. The alpha 6 subunit was present in the granule cells of the cerebellum, the granule cells of the dorsal cochlear nucleus, axons of the olfactory nerve including the glomerular endings, layer II of the dorsal horn of the spinal cord, and in the retinal synaptic layers, particularly the inner plexiform layer. Thus, contrary to the general belief, the alpha 6 subunit is not exclusively localized in the granule cells of the cerebellum. It is also expressed in some sensory neurons and other neurons involved in the initial processing of sensory information.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Brain Chemistry / physiology*
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Peptide Fragments / analysis*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Receptors, GABA-A / chemistry*
  • Retina / chemistry*
  • Spinal Cord / chemistry*


  • Peptide Fragments
  • Receptors, GABA-A