Journal article

Spontaneous release from mossy fiber terminals inhibits Ni2 -sensitive T-type Ca2 channels of CA3 pyramidal neurons in the rat organotypic hippocampal slice

Christopher A Reid, Shenghong Xu, David A Williams

HIPPOCAMPUS | WILEY-LISS | Published : 2008


Mossy fibers (axons arising from dentate granule cells) form large synaptic contacts exclusively onto the proximal apical dendrites of CA3 pyramidal neurons. They can generate large synaptic currents that occur in close proximity to the soma. These properties mean that active conductance in the proximal apical dendrite could have a disproportionate influence on CA3 pyramidal neuron excitability. Ni(2+)-sensitive T-type Ca(2+) channels are important modulators of dendritic excitability. Here, we use an optical approach to determine the contribution of Ni(2+) (100 microM)-sensitive Ca(2+) channels to action potential (AP) elicited Ca(2+) flux in the soma, proximal apical and distal apical dend..

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