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Eur J Pharmacol. 1997 Jul 16;331(1):9-14.

8-cyclopentyltheophylline, an adenosine A1 receptor antagonist, inhibits the reversal of long-term potentiation in hippocampal CA1 neurons.

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Department of Physiology, Yamagata University School of Medicine, Japan.


The effects of an adenosine A1 receptor antagonist, 8-cyclopentyltheophylline (8-CPT, 1 microM), on the reduction of long-term potentiation were studied in CA1 neurons of guinea pig hippocampal slices. Reduction of long-term potentiation (depotentiation) was achieved by delivering a train of low-frequency afferent stimuli (low-frequency stimulation, 1000 pulses, 1 Hz) 20 min after the tetanus (100 Hz, 100 pulses). In control experiments, low-frequency stimulation reduced the potentiated component of the slope of the field EPSP and the amplitude of the population spike by 68.5 +/- 14.4% and 80.1 +/- 8.8%, respectively (n = 6); these values were significantly reduced to 13.4 +/- 9.7% and 9.0 +/- 10.9% (n = 7) when the low-frequency stimulation was applied during the perfusion with 8-CPT (1 microM). These results indicate that activation of adenosine A1 receptors enhances the depotentiation of long-term potentiation.

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