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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Biology

Title

Dual actions of brain-derived neurotrophic factor on GABAergic transmission in cerebellar Purkinje neurons

Language

English

Abstract

The ability to regulate inhibitory synapses is a critical feature of the nervous system and a growing body of evidence indicates that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) acutely modulates the efficacy of GABA synaptic transmission. Although the neuronal potassium-chloride cotransporter 2 (KCC2) has been implied in this BDNF-induced ionic plasticity, the reports about actions of BDNF on GABA signaling remain conflicting. Here we show dual effects of BDNF on GABAergic synaptic transmission in Purkinje neurons in rat cerebellar slices. BDNF decreased the amplitude of evoked outward IPSCs postsynaptically. It induced a depolarizing shift in the reversal potential (E IPSC), which reduced the driving force for outward IPSCs. However, in the absence of KCC2 activity, BDNF directly potentiated rather than inhibited GABA A receptor, which was reflected by an increase in the amplitude of outward IPSCs. This action of BDNF coincided with its effect in increasing the amplitude of inward IPSCs. Furthermore, an interaction between GABA A receptor and KCC2 was revealed by co-immunoprecipitation. The effects of BDNF on both GABA A receptor and KCC2 were dependent on TrkB and also activation of cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5). However, only the effect of BDNF on KCC2 activity was dependent on a rise of intracellular calcium. Taken together, these data highlight distinct actions of BDNF on KCC2 and GABA A receptor in the regulation of GABAergic synaptic transmission. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.

Keywords

BDNF, Cdk5, GABA A, KCC2, Purkinje neurons

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Experimental Neurology

Volume

233

Issue

2

Start Page

791

End Page

798

Publisher

Elsevier

ISSN (print)

00144886

ISSN (electronic)

10902430

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