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Neuropharmacology. 1993 Nov;32(11):1229-37.

Metabotropic glutamate receptors and calcium signalling in dendrites of hippocampal CA1 neurones.

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Department of Pharmacology, Medical School, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, U.K.


We have combined patch-clamp recording with confocal microscopy to investigate how the synaptic activation of metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRs) may participate in the modulation of intracellular free calcium (Ca2+) in the dendrites of single CA1 pyramidal neurones, within hippocampal slices. Tetanic stimulation (100 Hz, 1 sec) of the Schaffer collateral-commissural pathway led to a transient rise in Ca2+ in the dendrites of neurones voltage- clamped at -35 mV, as determined using the fluorescent indicator fluo-3. The specific mGluR antagonist (+)-alpha-methyl-4-carboxyphenylglycine (MCPG), applied at a concentration of 250 or 500 microM, reduced the size of the Ca2+ transient whilst either producing a small reduction or, more commonly, having no effect on the synaptic current evoked by the tetanus. These data suggest that the synaptic activation of mGluRs can contribute to Ca2+ signalling in hippocampal neurones.

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