Inositolphospholipid-linked glutamate receptors mediate cerebellar parallel-fiber-Purkinje-cell synaptic transmission

C. D. Blackstone, S. Supattapone, S. H. Snyder

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4316-4320
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1989

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