AMPA-kainate subtypes of glutamate receptor in rat cerebral microglia

Mami Noda, Hiroshi Nakanishi, Junichi Nabekura, Norio Akaike

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Microglial cells were isolated from rat cerebral cortex, and kainate (KA)-induced inward current was measured at a holding potential of -40 or -60 mV. 6-Cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2, 3-dione-sensitive KA-induced currents increased with increasing KA concentration. The half-activation concentration and Hill coefficient were 3.3 x 10-4 M and 1.4, respectively. Although glutamate (Glu) and AMPA-induced currents were much smaller than that induced by KA, all KA-, Glu-, and AMPA-induced currents were greatly and consistently enhanced in the presence of cyclothiazide (CTZ). On the other hand, KA- induced currents were much less sensitive to potentiation by concanavain A, suggesting that the KA-induced response in rat microglia is predominantly mediated by AMPA-preferring receptors (subunits GluR1-GluR4). The current- voltage relationships of KA- and AMPA-CTZ-induced currents were almost linear or slightly outward rectifying. The reversal potential of KA-induced current shifted to negative potentials (from +4 to -40 Mv) on switching from high Na+ to high Ca2+ external solution, indicating the low Ca2+ permeability through the AMPA-KA receptor channel complexes. AMPA-KA receptor expression was studied with immunohistochemistry and reverse transcription-PCR, from which GluR2, GluR3, GluR4, and GluR5 were identified. Lower levels of mRNAs for GluR7 and KA-1-KA-2 were also indicated. Finally, activation of these receptors with KA or Glu significantly enhanced the production of tumor necrosis factor-α. These results suggest that primary cultured rat microgila possesses functional Glu receptor, which may mediate neuron to microgila communication in the physiological and pathological states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000

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  • Neuroscience(all)


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