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Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova. 2007 Mar-Apr;57(2):191-204.

[Hexamethonium, nicotinic receptor blocker, changes the neuronal reactions on glutamate in the medial septal area in vitro].

[Article in Russian]


Despite the great interest in studying the medial septal area, the interactions of its neurochemical systems are not yet clearly understood. The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of nicotinic receptors in the interaction of glutamatergic and cholinergic systems of the medial septal area. The effect of L-glutamate (1 microM) on septal neurons was studied under the application of hexamethonium, nicotinic cholinoreceptor blocker by using the method of extracellular recording of neuronal activity in brain slices of ground squirrels. The response of septal neurons to glutamate depended on the type of their initial activity and on the presence of pacemaker properties. For the first time, the ability of septal neurons to respond to glutamate with an increase in burst frequency was shown. The influence of hexamethonium on the neuronal activity was similar to that of glutamate. After a preliminary application of hexamethonium, the reactions of neurons to glutamate changed. The excitatory reactions were masked, while the inhibitory reactions became stronger. It was found that nicotinic cholinergic receptors modulated the reactions of MS-DB cells to glutamate and the expression of the oscillatory properties of the septal neuronal network.

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