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J Neurochem. 2009 Jan;108(1):126-38. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2008.05752.x.

Diacylglycerol analogues activate second messenger-operated calcium channels exhibiting TRPC-like properties in cortical neurons.

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CNRS UMR 5249, Grenoble, France.


The lipid diacylglycerol (DAG) analogue 1-oleoyl-2-acetyl-sn-glycerol (OAG) was used to verify the existence of DAG-sensitive channels in cortical neurons dissociated from E13 mouse embryos. Calcium imaging experiments showed that OAG increased the cytosolic concentration of Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+)]i) in nearly 35% of the KCl-responsive cells. These Ca(2+) responses disappeared in a Ca(2+)-free medium supplemented with EGTA. Mn(2+) quench experiments showed that OAG activated Ca(2+)-conducting channels that were also permeant to Ba(2+). The OAG-induced Ca(2+) responses were unaffected by nifedipine or omega-conotoxin GVIA (Sigma-Aldrich, Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France) but blocked by 1-[beta-(3-(4-Methoxyphenyl)propoxy)-4-methoxyphenethyl]-1H-imidazole hydrochloride (SKF)-96365 and Gd(3+). Replacing Na(+) ions with N-methyl-D-glucamine diminished the amplitude of the OAG-induced Ca(2+) responses showing that the Ca(2+) entry was mediated via Na(+)-dependent and Na(+)-independent mechanisms. Experiments carried out with the fluorescent Na(+) indicator CoroNa Green showed that OAG elevated [Na(+)]i. Like OAG, the DAG lipase inhibitor RHC80267 increased [Ca(2+)]i but not the protein kinase C activator phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate. Moreover, the OAG-induced Ca(2+) responses were not regulated by protein kinase C activation or inhibition but they were augmented by flufenamic acid which increases currents through C-type transient receptor potential protein family (TRPC) 6 channels. In addition, application of hyperforin, a specific activator of TRPC6 channels, elevated [Ca(2+)]i. Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings showed that hyperforin activated non-selective cation channels. They were blocked by SKF-96365 but potentiated by flufenamic acid. Altogether, our data show the presence of hyperforin- and OAG-sensitive Ca(2+)-permeable channels displaying TRPC6-like properties. This is the first report revealing the existence of second messenger-operated channels in cortical neurons.

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