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Interneuron- and GABA(A) receptor-specific inhibitory synaptic plasticity in cerebellar Purkinje cells

He, Q; Duguid, I; Clark, B; Panzanelli, P; Patel, B; Thomas, P; Fritschy, JM; (2015) Interneuron- and GABA(A) receptor-specific inhibitory synaptic plasticity in cerebellar Purkinje cells. Nat Commun , 6 , Article 7364. 10.1038/ncomms8364. Green open access

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Abstract

Inhibitory synaptic plasticity is important for shaping both neuronal excitability and network activity. Here we investigate the input and GABA(A) receptor subunit specificity of inhibitory synaptic plasticity by studying cerebellar interneuron-Purkinje cell (PC) synapses. Depolarizing PCs initiated a long-lasting increase in GABA-mediated synaptic currents. By stimulating individual interneurons, this plasticity was observed at somatodendritic basket cell synapses, but not at distal dendritic stellate cell synapses. Basket cell synapses predominantly express β2-subunit-containing GABA(A) receptors; deletion of the β2-subunit ablates this plasticity, demonstrating its reliance on GABA(A) receptor subunit composition. The increase in synaptic currents is dependent upon an increase in newly synthesized cell surface synaptic GABA(A) receptors and is abolished by preventing CaMKII phosphorylation of GABA(A) receptors. Our results reveal a novel GABA(A) receptor subunit- and input-specific form of inhibitory synaptic plasticity that regulates the temporal firing pattern of the principal output cells of the cerebellum.

Type: Article
Title: Interneuron- and GABA(A) receptor-specific inhibitory synaptic plasticity in cerebellar Purkinje cells
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8364
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms8364
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Neuro, Physiology and Pharmacology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Wolfson Inst for Biomedical Research
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472547
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