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Neuroreport. 1994 Mar 21;5(7):833-6.

cGMP acts within cerebellar Purkinje cells to produce long term depression via mechanisms involving PKC and PKG.

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Laboratory for Neural Networks, RIKEN, Saitama, Japan.


Long term depression (LTD) of parallel fibre-Purkinje cell responses may result from desensitization of AMPA (alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid) type glutamate receptors, for which a cascade of reactions involving calcium, inositol-1,4,5-trisphosphate, nitric oxide (NO), guanosine-3'5'-monophosphate (cGMP) and protein kinases C and G has been previously proposed. The involvement of cGMP in synaptic LTD was confirmed by direct injection of cGMP and 8-bromo-cGMP (8-Br-cGMP) into the dendrites of Purkinje cells. Pairing injections with parallel fibre stimulation led to a LTD of synaptic transmission which both occluded and was occluded by heterosynaptically induced LTD. Inhibition of either protein kinases C or G prevented induction of both forms of LTD.

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