The GABA A Receptor Subunits Heterologously Expressed in Xenopus Oocytes

Author(s): Jafri Malin Abdullah, Jingli Zhang.

Journal Name: Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 13 , Issue 5 , 2013

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Abstract:

The γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) A receptor is composed of a variety of subunits and combinations and shows a characteristic distribution in the CNS. To date, 20 subunits of the GABA A receptor have been cloned: α1–6, β1–4, γ1–3, δ, π, ε, Θ, and ρ1–3. Oocyte of Xenopus laevis is one of the most frequently used heterologous expression systems, which are used to design and analyze specific combinations of GABA A receptor subunits. In oocytes, a certain GABA A receptor function is studied only by comparing the amplitude of the response to GABA and other drugs by physiological and pharmacological methods. According to the studies on Xenopus laevis oocytes, the α1β2γ2S receptor combination is mostly used. The α1-containing receptors mediate sedative and anticonvulsant acts. The results of studies on oocytes show that PKA, NKCC1, P2X3 receptors, and GABA A receptor-associated protein, etc., are existing systems that show different reactivity to the GABA A receptors. The GABA A receptor subunits contain distinct binding sites for BZDs, neurosteroids, general anesthetics, etc., which are responsible for the numerous functions of the GABA A receptor. A variety of other drugs, such as topiramate, TG41, (+)- and (-)-borneol, apigenin, and 6-methylflavone could also have modulatory effects on the GABA A receptors. Some of the different models and hypotheses on GABA A receptor structure and function have been achieved by using the two-electrode voltage clamp method in oocytes.

Keywords: cDNA, cRNA, GABA A receptor, subunits, Two-electrode voltage clamp, Xenopus laevis oocytes

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VOLUME: 13
ISSUE: 5
Year: 2013
Page: [744 - 748]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/1389557511313050011
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