DAMGO suppresses both excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission in supraoptic neurones of mouse hypothalamic slice preparations

E Honda, K Ono, K Inenaga
Journal of Neuroendocrinology 2004, 16 (3): 198-207
Opioid effects on synaptic transmission in the mouse supraoptic nucleus (SON) were investigated using whole-cell, patch-clamp techniques. The mu-opioid receptor agonist, [D-Ala(2), N-Me-Phe(4), Gly(5)-ol]-enkephalin (DAMGO) decreased the amplitude of both evoked excitatory postsynaptic currents (eEPSCs) and inhibitory postsynaptic currents (eIPSCs), and also decreased the frequency of both miniature EPSCs and IPSCs without effect on the amplitude. The selective mu-opioid receptor antagonist, D-Phe-Cys-Tyr-D-Trp-Orn-Thr-Pen-Thr-NH(2), and the nonselective antagonist naloxone, antagonized these inhibitory effects. The application of DAMGO suppressed the amplitude of both the first and second evoked postsynaptic currents with a paired-pulse stimulus protocol, but increased the paired-pulse ratios (second ePSC/first ePSC). DAMGO induced neither inward nor outward currents, and had no significant changes in either glutamate- or GABA-induced currents. When compared with the relatively selective kappa- and delta-opioid receptor agonists dynorphin and [D-Pen(2), D-Pen(5)]-enkephalin, DAMGO showed the most potent inhibitory effects on evoked and miniature postsynaptic currents. Taken together, these results imply that DAMGO strongly suppresses the release of glutamate and GABA via mu-opioid receptors in the mouse SON, and support the involvement of presynaptic regulation by opioids in the control of magnocellular neurosecretory neurones.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"