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Different receptors mediate the electrophysiological and growth cone responses of an identified neuron to applied dopamine

Dobson, K S ; Dmetrichuk, J M ; Spencer, G E

Neuroscience, 15 September 2006, Vol.141(4), pp.1801-10 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Different receptors mediate the electrophysiological and growth cone responses of an identified neuron to applied dopamine
  • Author: Dobson, K S ; Dmetrichuk, J M ; Spencer, G E
  • Description: Neurotransmitters are among the many cues that may guide developing axons toward appropriate targets in the developing nervous system. We have previously shown in the mollusk Lymnaea stagnalis that dopamine, released from an identified pre-synaptic cell, differentially affects growth cone behavior of its target and non-target cells in vitro. Here, we describe a group of non-target cells that also produce an inhibitory electrophysiological response to applied dopamine. We first determined, using pharmacological blockers, which receptors mediate this physiological response. We demonstrated that the dopaminergic electrophysiological responses of non-target cells were sensitive to a D2 receptor antagonist, as are known target cell responses. However, the non-target cell receptors were linked to different G-proteins and intracellular signaling pathways than the target cell receptors. Despite the presence of a D2-like receptor at the soma, the growth cone collapse of these non-target cells was mediated by D1-like receptors. This study shows that different dopamine receptor sub-types mediated the inhibitory physiological and growth cone responses of an identified cell type. We therefore not only provide further evidence that D2- and D1-like receptors can be present on the same neuron in invertebrates, but also show that these receptors are likely involved in very different cellular functions.
  • Is Part Of: Neuroscience, 15 September 2006, Vol.141(4), pp.1801-10
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0306-4522 ; PMID: 16806721 Version:1
  • Subjects: Dopamine -- Pharmacology ; Electrophysiology -- Methods ; Growth Cones -- Drug Effects ; Neurons -- Drug Effects ; Receptors, Neurotransmitter -- Physiology
  • Language: English
  • Source: MEDLINE/PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

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