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Nature. 1993 Dec 16;366(6456):687-90.

Role of a metabotropic glutamate receptor in synaptic modulation in the accessory olfactory bulb.

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Department of Pharmacology, Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, Japan.


Various functions of glutamate transmission are mediated by both ionotropic and metabotropic glutamate receptors. The metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) consists of at least six different subtypes that are classified into three subgroups, mGluR1/mGluR5, mGluR2/mGluR3, and mGluR4/mGluR6 (refs 1-5), but their physiological roles are largely unknown. Here we report the identification of a very potent agonist for mGluR2/mGluR3, DCG-IV, and the specific localization of mGluR2 in granule cell dendrites that form dendrodendritic synapses with mitral cells in the accessory olfactory bulb. Using the DCG-IV agonist for mGluR2 in combination with slice patch-recording, we demonstrate that the granule cell mGluR2 presynaptically suppresses inhibitory GABA (gamma-aminobutyrate) transmission to the mitral cell. Our results indicate that mGluR2 in granule cells plays an important role in the persistent excitation of olfactory sensory transmission in the accessory olfactory bulb by relieving mitral cells from the GABA inhibition.

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