Sensitivities of Achatina giant neurones to putative amino acid neurotransmitters.

Article date: 1992/9/1

PubMed ID: 1360362

Journal name: Comparative biochemistry and physiology. C, Comparative pharmacology and toxicology (ISSN: 0742-8413)


1. GABA receptors in Achatina identifiable giant neurones were classified into the muscimol I, muscimol II and baclofen types. Muscimol I and II type GABA receptors were sensitive to GABA and muscimol but insensitive to baclofen, whereas baclofen type receptors were sensitive to GABA and baclofen but insensitive to muscimol. Muscimol I and baclofen types were associated with the inhibition caused by GABA, while muscimol II type with the GABA excitation. 2. GABA, muscimol and TACA produced a transient outward current (Iout) with an increase in membrane conductance (g) of an Achatina neurone, TAN, having the muscimol I type GABA receptors. Their relative potency values (RPV) at GABA ED50 (approximately 10(-4) M) were: GABA:muscimol:TACA = 1:0.6:0.3. The GABA effects were potentiated by pentobarbitone, antagonized competitively by pitrazepin and non-competitively by picrotoxin and diazepam, and unaffected by bicuculline. The ionic mechanism of effects of GABA and its two analogues was the increase in membrane Cl- conductance (gCl). 3. GABA and (+/-)-baclofen produced a slow Iout with a g increase of another Achatina neurone, RPeNLN, having the baclofen type GABA receptors. The two compounds were almost equipotent (ED50: approximately 3 x 10(-4) M). The ionic mechanism of their effects was the increase in gk. The two compounds hardly affected the voltage-gated and slowly inactivating calcium current. Iout produced by GABA and (+/-)-baclofen were reduced by TEA, but unaffected by 4-AP, bicuculline, pitrazepin and picrotoxin. 4. Beta-hydroxy-L-glutamic acid (L-BHGA) showed the marked effects on the Achatina giant neurones; the two neurones were excited by the compound, whereas the three inhibited. D-BHGA, L-Glu, D-Glu and NMDA were less effective than L-BHGA or almost ineffective. Erythro-L-BHGA was more or less effective than threo-L-BHGA according to the neurones tested. 5. alpha-Kainic acid and domoic acid excited the two neurones, which were excited by L-BHGA. L-Quisqualic acid showed the similar effects to L-BHGA, which were mostly much stronger than L-BHGA. Erythro-L-tricholomic acid and DL-ibotenic acid showed the effects similar to L-BHGA selectively on some neurones. 6. It was pointed out that the pharmacological features of GABA on the Achatina neurones are simpler than those of L-BHGA, due to the simpler structure of the former compound having less binding sites than the latter.

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Author List: Takeuchi H

Publication Types: Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review

Substances mentioned in the article: Neurotransmitter Agents; Receptors, GABA-A; Receptors, GABA-B; Muscimol; gamma-Aminobutyric Acid; Baclofen;

Mesh terms: Animals; Baclofen/pharmacology; Electric Conductivity/drug effects; Membrane Potentials/drug effects; Muscimol/pharmacology; Neurons/drug effects; Neurotransmitter Agents/pharmacology; Receptors, GABA-A/classification; Receptors, GABA-B; Snails; gamma-Aminobutyric Acid/pharmacology;

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