Article date: 1989/8/1
PubMed ID: 2545825
Journal name: Journal of neurochemistry (ISSN: 0022-3042)
Muscimol and t-butylbicyclophosphorothionate (TBPS) are known to label two distinct sites within the gamma-aminobutyric acidA (GABAA) receptor complex, i.e., the GABA recognition site and the chloride ionophore, respectively. Age-dependent changes in the specific binding of [3H]muscimol and [35S]TBPS were compared in membranes prepared from the cerebral cortex of rats, 2-800 days old. Perinatal (day 2) binding of muscimol and TBPS represented 8 and 20% of the respective values for adults (day 180). After the first week, muscimol binding increased more rapidly than TBPS binding. Levels near those of adults were reached at day 20 and remained practically unchanged in adulthood (day 180). In aged (780-day-old) rats, the binding of TBPS was significantly reduced, whereas muscimol binding did not change compared with adult values. This decrease of TBPS binding derived from a reduced density of binding sites, rather than from affinity changes. The allosteric responsiveness of TBPS binding to exogenous GABA was also reduced in aged animals. These findings indicate an age-related change in the molecular (structural) organization of the GABAA receptor-chloride ionophore complex in rat cerebral cortex.
Author List: Erdö S L, Wolff J R
Publication Types: Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Substances mentioned in the article: Bridged Bicyclo Compounds; Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic; Bridged-Ring Compounds; Chlorides; Ionophores; Receptors, GABA-A; Sulfur Radioisotopes; Muscimol; tert-butylbicyclophosphorothionate;
Mesh terms: Aging/metabolism; Animals; Binding Sites; Bridged Bicyclo Compounds/metabolism; Bridged Bicyclo Compounds, Heterocyclic; Bridged-Ring Compounds/metabolism; Cerebral Cortex/metabolism; Chlorides/metabolism; Female; Ionophores/metabolism; Male; Muscimol/metabolism; Rats; Rats, Inbred Strains; Receptors, GABA-A/metabolism; Sulfur Radioisotopes;