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J Neurosci. 1984 Oct;4(10):2477-88.

Decrease of gap junction permeability induced by dopamine and cyclic adenosine 3':5'-monophosphate in horizontal cells of turtle retina.

Abstract

The axon terminals of the H1 horizontal cells of the turtle retina are electrically coupled by extensive gap junctions. Dopamine (10 nM to 10 microM) induces a narrowing of the receptive field profile of the H1 horizontal cell axon terminals, increases the coupling resistance between them, and decreases the diffusion of the dye Lucifer Yellow in the network formed by the coupled axon terminals. These actions of dopamine involve the activation of D1 receptors located on the membrane of the H1 horizontal cell axon terminals proper. Increases of the intracellular cyclic AMP concentration induced by either stimulating the adenylate cyclase activity with forskolin or inhibiting the phosphodiesterase activity with isobutylmethylxanthine, theophylline, aminophylline, or compound RO 20-1724 elicit effects similar to those of dopamine on the receptive field profile of the H1 horizontal cell axon terminals, on their coupling resistance, and on the diffusion of Lucifer Yellow in the axon terminal network. It is concluded that dopamine decreases the permeability of the gap junctions between the axon terminals of the H1 horizontal cells of the turtle retina and that this action probably involves cyclic AMP as a second messenger.

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6092564
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PMC6564702
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