Protein kinase C and norepinephrine‐stimulated adenylate cyclase have been linked to formation of long‐term potentiation in the dentate gyrus. However, little is known about second messenger system interactions regulating synaptic transmission. In electrophysiological studies of the dentate gyrus, we observe synergistic interactions between norepinephrine and phorbol esters, activators of protein kinase C. Norepinephrine markedly potentiates the block of adenosine's inhibitory action by phorbol esters. Norepinephrine's action is mimicked by the β‐adrenoceptor agonist isoproterenol and blocked by the β‐adrenoceptor antagonists timolol and propranolol. Forskolin also mimicks norepinephrine's action. Accordingly, norepinephrine's potentiation of protein kinase C appears to be mediated by the cyclic AMP second messenger system. This mechanism may contribute to norepinephrine's facilitation of long‐term potentiation in the dentate gyrus.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 1988|
- Hippocampal slice
- Phorbol esters
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience