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Mol Cell Neurosci. 2003 Oct;24(2):271-82.

Recognition molecule associated carbohydrate inhibits postsynaptic GABA(B) receptors: a mechanism for homeostatic regulation of GABA release in perisomatic synapses.

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Zentrum für Molekulare Neurobiologie, Universität Hamburg, Martinistrasse 52, 20246 Hamburg, Germany.

Abstract

Extracellular matrix molecules are important cues in the shaping of nervous system structure and function. Here, we describe a novel mechanism by which the HNK-1 carbohydrate carried by recognition molecules regulates perisomatic inhibition in the hippocampus. Neutralization of HNK-1 activity by an HNK-1 antibody results in GABA(B) receptor-mediated activation of K(+) currents in CA1 pyramidal cells, which elevates extracellular K(+) concentration and reduces evoked GABA release in perisomatic inhibitory synapses. This mechanism is supported by pharmacological analysis in hippocampal slices and data showing that the HNK-1 carbohydrate binds to GABA(B) receptors and inhibits GABA(B) receptor-activated K(+) currents in a heterologous expression system. We suggest that the HNK-1 carbohydrate is involved in homeostatic regulation of GABA(A) receptor-mediated perisomatic inhibition by suppression of postsynaptic GABA(B) receptor activity.

PMID:
14572452
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