β-Adrenergic stimulation selectively inhibits long-lasting L-type calcium channel facilitation in hippocampal pyramidal neurons

Robin K. Cloues, Steven Tavalin, Neil V. Marrion

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L-type calcium channels are abundant in hippocampal pyramidal neurons and are highly clustered at the base of the major dendrites. However, little is known of their function in these neurons. Single-channel recording using a low concentration of permeant ion reveals a long-lasting facilitation of L- type channel activity that is induced by a depolarizing prepulse or a train of action potential waveforms. This facilitation exhibits a stow rise, peaking 0.5-1 sec after the train and decaying over several seconds. We have termed this behavior 'delayed facilitation,' because of the slow onset. Delayed facilitation results from an increase in opening frequency and the recruitment of longer duration openings. This behavior is observed at all membrane potentials between -20 and -60 mV, with the induction and magnitude of facilitation being insensitive to voltage. β-Adrenergic receptor activation blocks induction of delayed facilitation but does not significantly affect normal L-type channel activity. Delayed facilitation of L-type calcium channels provides a prolonged source of calcium entry at negative membrane potentials. This behavior may underlie calcium-dependent events that are inhibited by β-adrenergic receptor activation, such as the slow afterhyperpolazation in hippocampal neurons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6493-6503
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume17
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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L-Type Calcium Channels
Pyramidal Cells
Adrenergic Agents
Membrane Potentials
Adrenergic Receptors
Calcium
Neurons
Dendrites
Action Potentials
Ions

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β-Adrenergic stimulation selectively inhibits long-lasting L-type calcium channel facilitation in hippocampal pyramidal neurons. / Cloues, Robin K.; Tavalin, Steven; Marrion, Neil V.

In: Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 17, No. 17, 1997, p. 6493-6503.

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