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Neuron. 1992 Apr;8(4):715-24.

Developmental switch in the pharmacology of Ca2+ channels coupled to acetylcholine release.

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Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269.


The pharmacological specificity of Ca2+ channel-secretion coupling in acetylcholine (ACh) and somatostatin (SOM) release was studied in the chick eye choroid neuromuscular junctions and in dissociated ciliary ganglion (CG) neurons. ACh secretion changes in development from stage (St) 40, when release is dihydropyridine (DHP) and partially omega-conotoxin (omega-CgTX) sensitive, to posthatch, when release is insensitive to DHPs but sensitive to omega-CgTX. St 40 CG neurons cultured with striated muscle have release properties similar to those of St 40 iris and choroid but different from those of St 34 neurons, which are neither DHP nor omega-CgTX sensitive. SOM (also coreleased from posthatch choroid terminals) can inhibit ACh release in both posthatch and St 40 choroids, suggesting that the SOM receptor interacts with both DHP-sensitive and -insensitive channels.

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