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5-HT1A receptors increase excitability of spinal motoneurons by inhibiting a TASK-1-like K+ current in the adult turtle

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The modulatory effects of serotonin mediated by 5-HT1A receptors in adult spinal motoneurons were investigated by intracellular recordings in a slice preparation from the turtle. In current-clamp mode, activation of 5-HT1A receptors by 8-OH-DPAT led to depolarization and an increase in input resistance in most motoneurons but caused hyperpolarization and a decrease in input resistance in the remaining smaller fraction of cells. When slices were preincubated in medium containing the 5-HT1A receptor antagonist WAY-100635, 8-OH-DPAT had no effect. In voltage-clamp mode, with 1 mM CsCl in the bathing medium, 8-OH-DPAT consistently inhibited a leak current that was sensitive to extracellular acidification and anandamide, a TASK-1 channel blocker. In medium with a low pH, as in the presence of anandamide, 8-OH-DPAT had no effect. Our results show that activation of 5-HT1A receptors contributes to the excitatory effect of serotonin on spinal motoneurons by inhibition of a TASK-1 potassium channel leading to depolarization and increased input resistance.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Physiology
Vol/bind548
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)485-492
Antal sider8
ISSN0022-3751
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 15 apr. 2003

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