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Nature. 1994 May 19;369(6477):230-2.

Regulation of NMDA receptors in cultured hippocampal neurons by protein phosphatases 1 and 2A.

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Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Canada.


Phosphorylation of glutamate receptors is probably an important mechanism for modulating excitatory transmission. However, there is little direct evidence to indicate which protein phosphatases can dephosphorylate glutamate or other ligand-gated channels, although it is known that protein phosphatases 1 and 2A play a major part in modulating voltage and second-messenger-gated channels. Here we report that in cultured hippocampal neurons, the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor can be regulated by endogenous and exogenous serine/threonine protein phosphatases. Phosphatase inhibitors enhanced NMDA currents recorded using the perforated patch technique or in cell-attached patches, whereas protein phosphatases 1 or 2A decreased the open probability of these channels in inside-out patches.

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