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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1988 Jun 22;941(2):209-16.

Depolarization-induced release of glycine and beta-alanine from plasma membrane vesicles derived from rat brain synaptosomes.

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Centre de Biologia Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.


Glycine and beta-alanine actively loaded into brain synaptic plasma membrane vesicles were released into the external medium by using the classical depolarization agents high K+ and veratridine. This release occurs via a Ca2+-independent process. Measurements of membrane depolarization using tetraphenylphosphonium uptake show a close correlation between changes in the membrane potential and stimulation of the efflux process. Results shown herein and previously reported by our group (Aragón, M.C. and Giménez, C. (1986) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 855, 257-264; Agulló, L., Jiménez, B., Aragón, M.C. and Giménez, C. (1986) Eur. J. Biochem. 159, 611-617), suggest that the glycine and beta-alanine transport systems in synaptic plasma membranes are susceptible of modulation by changes in ionic fluxes and hence in the membrane potential, similar to those occurring during depolarization and repolarization.

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