Membrane Insertion of New AMPA Receptors and LTP Induced by Glycine is Prevented by Blocking NR2A-Containing NMDA Receptors in the Rat Visual Cortex In Vitro

Author(s): Yan-Hai Li, Jue Wang.

Journal Name: Current Neurovascular Research

Volume 10 , Issue 1 , 2013

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N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDA-Rs) activation has been implicated in various forms of synaptic plasticity depending on the receptor subtypes involved. However, the contribution of NR2A and NR2B subunits in glycine-induced long-term potentiation (LTP) of miniature excitatory postsynaptic currents (mEPSCs) in layer II/III pyramidal neurons of the rat visual cortex remains unclear. The present study used whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in vitro to investigate the role of NR2A-containing and NR2B-containing NMDA-Rs in glycine-induced LTP in visual cortical slices from 13-15 day old rats. We found that glycine-induced LTP of mEPSCs was readily induced in layer II/III pyramidal neurons of the rat visual cortex with glycine. D-APV, a selective NMDA-R antagonist, blocked the glycineinduced LTP. Moreover, the selective NR2B-containing NMDA-R antagonists (Ro 25-6981) displayed no influence on the glycine-induced LTP. However, Zn2+, a voltage-independent NR2A-containing NMDA-R antagonist, prevented glycine-induced LTP. These results suggest that the glycine-induced LTP in layer II/III pyramidal neurons of the rat visual cortex is NMDA-R-dependent and requires NR2A-containing NMDA-Rs, not NR2B-containing NMDA-Rs.

Keywords: Glycine, LTP, NMDA receptors, NR2A, NR2B, Rat, Visual cortex

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Year: 2013
Page: [70 - 75]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1567202611310010009

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