In slices of adult rat cerebellum inositolphospholipid turnover is stimulated markedly by glutamate and its rigid analogues quisqualate and ibotenate. The drug and amino acid specificity of the responses reflects a quisqualate-preferring excitatory amino acid receptor. The absence of glutamate-enhanced inositolphospholipid turnover in mice with Purkinje-cell degeneration indicates that the inositolphospholipid-linked quisqualate receptor mediates parallel fiber-Purkinje cell synaptic transmission. The quantitative prominence of this synapse accounts for the massive enrichment of elements of the inositolphospholipid system in cerebellar Purkinje cells.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - 1989|
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