Purkinje neurons were recorded from rat cerebellar slices. Parallel fibres stimulation elicited a fast excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) mediated by ionotropic glutamate (iGluR) α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid (AMPA) receptors followed by the inhibitory gamma-aminobutyric acidA (GABAA)-dependent postsynaptic potential. In the presence of antagonists for iGluRs and for GABAA receptors, brief tetanic activation evoked a slow metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR)-dependent EPSP (mGluR-EPSP). This mGluR-EPSP was blocked by the selective mGluR1 antagonists LY367385 and CPCCOEt, but not by the mGluR5 antagonist MPEP. Group II agonists affected neither iGluR-EPSP nor mGluR-EPSP. Conversely, L-AP4 and L-SOP, group III mGluR agonists, inhibited both iGluR- and mGluR-EPSPs. The depolarisations evoked by both AMPA and group I agonists were unaffected, indicating a presynaptic action of group III mGluRs. These data suggest that glutamate released by parallel fibres activates group III mGluR autoreceptors, depressing both iGluR- and mGluR1-mediated EPSPs.
- Excitatory postsynaptic potential
- Metabotropic glutamate receptors
- Purkinje cell
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