Diverse roles for nitric oxide in synaptic signalling after activation of NMDA release-regulating receptors.
NM Jones, RE Loiacono, M Møller, PM Beart
Neuropharmacology | Published : 1994
NMDA receptors regulating transmitter release were studied in three model systems to investigate whether their activation involves the NO transduction system. In superfused slices of rat brain, the release of [3H]D-aspartate, [3H]noradrenaline and [3H]GABA evoked by NMDA could be modulated by nitrergic drugs. Tetrodotoxin (0.1 microM) exerted differential effects in the three systems indicative of the NMDA receptors (and hence sites of NO generation) being pre- or extra-synaptic, or a combination of both types of localization. L-Arginine (100 microM) enhanced NMDA-evoked release of [3H]GABA (110%), [3H]NA (120%) and [3H]D-ASP (700%). Exogenous NO donors could increase NMDA-induced release of..View full abstract