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Cell Mol Neurobiol. 1987 Mar;7(1):1-18.

Characteristics of long-duration inhibitory postsynaptic potentials in rat neocortical neurons in vitro.


The characteristics of long-duration inhibitory postsynaptic potentials (1-IPSPs) which are evoked in rat frontal neocortical neurons by local electrical stimulation were investigated with intracellular recordings from an in vitro slice preparation. Stimulation with suprathreshold intensities evoked 1-IPSPs with typical durations of 600-900 msec at resting membrane potential. Conductance increases of 15-60% were measured at the peak amplitude of 1-IPSPs (150-250 msec poststimulus). The duration of the conductance increases during 1-IPSPs displayed a significant voltage dependence, decreasing as the membrane potential was depolarized and increasing with hyperpolarization. The reversal potential of 1-IPSPs is significantly altered by reductions in the extracellular potassium concentration. Therefore it is concluded that 1-IPSPs in rat neocortical neurons are generated by the activation of a potassium conductance. 1-IPSPs exhibit stimulation fatigue. Stimulation with a frequency of 1 Hz produces a complete fatigue of the conductance increases during 1-IPSPs after approximately 20 consecutive stimuli. Recovery from this fatigue requires minutes. 1-IPSPs are not blocked by bicuculline but are blocked by baclofen.

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