The synergism between metabotropic glutamate receptor activation and arachidonic acid on glutamate release is occluded by induction of long-term potentiation in the dentate gyrus

Neuroscience. 1996 Jun;72(3):847-55. doi: 10.1016/0306-4522(95)00579-x.


In synaptosomes prepared from dentate gyrus, activation of the metabotropic glutamate receptor by the specific agonist, trans-1-amino-cyclopentyl-1,3-dicarboxylate, increases release of glutamate in the presence of a low concentration of arachidonic acid. A similar interaction between trans-1-amino-cyclopentyl-1,3-dicarboxylate and arachidonic acid is observed on inositol phospholipid turnover and on protein kinase C activity. We report here that when long-term potentiation is induced in the dentate gyrus by high frequency tetanic stimulation to the perforant path, the synergism between arachidonic acid and trans-1-amino-cyclopentyl-1,3-dicarboxylate is occluded. The occlusion of the synergistic action between arachidonic acid and trans-1-amino-cyclopentyl-1,3-dicarboxylate on glutamate release extended to occlusion of the effect in inositol phospholipid turnover and protein kinase C activation in synaptosomes prepared from dentate gyrus in which long-term potentiation was induced in vivo. One interpretation of the results presented here is that tetanic stimulation is followed by stimulation of metabotropic glutamate receptors at a time when arachidonic acid concentration in the synaptic region is elevated, and that this interaction triggers the presynaptic changes required for expression of long-term potentiation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Arachidonic Acid / pharmacology*
  • Dentate Gyrus / drug effects*
  • Dentate Gyrus / metabolism
  • Glutamic Acid / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Membrane Potentials / drug effects*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Receptors, Metabotropic Glutamate / drug effects*
  • Time Factors


  • Receptors, Metabotropic Glutamate
  • Arachidonic Acid
  • Glutamic Acid