Journal article

Functional GABA(A) receptors on rat vagal afferent neurones

M AshworthPreece, E Krstew, B Jarrott, AJ Lawrence

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHARMACOLOGY | STOCKTON PRESS | Published : 1997

Abstract

1. In the present study, in vitro electrophysiology and receptor autoradiography were used to determine whether rat vagal afferent neurones possess gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)A receptors. 2. GABA (1-100 microM) and isoguvacine (3-100 microM) caused a concentration-dependent depolarization of the rat isolated nodose ganglion preparation at room temperature. When applied to the tissue 20 min before the agonist, SR95531 (3 microM) and bicuculline (3 microM) caused a parallel shift to the right of the GABA and isoguvacine concentration-response curves, yielding shifts of 81 fold and 117 fold for SR95531 and 4 fold and 12 fold for bicuculline, respectively. 3. Baclofen (10 nM-100 microM) was u..

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