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Neuropsychopharmacology. 2008 Jan;33(2):340-52. Epub 2007 Mar 28.

Serotonergic modulation of GABAergic and glutamatergic synaptic transmission in mechanically isolated rat medial preoptic area neurons.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea.

Abstract

The medial preoptic area (MPOA) of the hypothalamus is critically involved in the regulation of male sexual behavior and has been implicated in several homeostatic processes. Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) inhibits sexual behavior via effects in the MPOA, where there are high densities of 5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(1B) receptor subtypes. We used whole-cell recordings under voltage-clamp conditions to investigate the serotonergic modulation of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic and glutamatergic synaptic transmission in mechanically dissociated rat MPOA neurons with native presynaptic nerve endings. Spontaneous GABAergic miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (mIPSCs) in the MPOA were completely blocked by bicuculline. Serotonin reversibly reduced the GABAergic mIPSC frequency without affecting the mean current amplitude. Serotonergic inhibition of mIPSC frequency was mimicked by (+/-)-8-hydroxy-2-dipropylaminotetralin hydrobromide, a specific 5-HT(1A) receptor agonist, and blocked by 1-(2-methoxyphenyl)-4-[4-(2-phthalimido)butyl] piperazine hydrobromide, a specific 5-HT(1A) receptor antagonist. 6-Cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione completely blocked spontaneous glutamatergic miniature excitatory postsynaptic currents (mEPSCs) in the MPOA. Serotonin reversibly decreased the glutamatergic mEPSC frequency without affecting the mean current amplitude. Serotonergic inhibition of mEPSC frequency was mimicked by CGS 12066B, a specific 5-HT(1B) receptor agonist, and blocked by SB 216641, a specific 5-HT(1B) receptor antagonist. Stimulation of adenylyl cyclase with forskolin increased the frequencies of GABAergic mIPSCs and glutamatergic mEPSCs, and blocked the inhibitory effects of 5-HT. H-89, a selective protein kinase A (PKA) inhibitor, decreased the frequencies of GABAergic mIPSCs and glutamatergic mEPSCs, and blocked their reduction by 5-HT. These findings suggest that 5-HT reduces the frequency of GABAergic mIPSCs and glutamatergic mEPSCs through 5-HT(1A) and 5-HT(1B) receptor-mediated inhibition, respectively, of the PKA-dependent pathway in the presynaptic nerve terminals of MPOA neurons.

PMID:
17392733
DOI:
10.1038/sj.npp.1301396
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