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Acta Biol Hung. 1996;47(1-4):181-94.

Immunocytochemical localization of mGluR1a metabotropic glutamate receptor in inhibitory interneurons of the cerebellar cortex.

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Department of Anatomy, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary.


Immunocytochemical investigation of metabotrop glutamate receptor la in the cerebellar cortex of rat revealed a presence of this receptor in all cortical inhibitory nerve cells (Purkinje, basket, stellate, Lugaro and Golgi). In addition to the previously described localization of this receptor in Purkinje dendritic spines supplied by parallel and climbing fibres and considered to be responsible for cerebellar long-term depression, we have observed metabotropic glutamate receptor la immunopositivity also in the synapses between parallel fibres and dendrites of basket, stellate and Golgi neurons. The postsynaptic receptor was also present occasionally in inhibitory synapses between stellate cell axons and Purkinje cells as well as between Purkinje axon collaterals and Lugaro cell dendrites. The possibility, that mGluR1a receptors in basket, Golgi and stellate cells might directly or indirectly contribute to cerebellar LTD, is discussed.

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