Tetrahydroberberine suppresses dopamine-induced potassium current in acutely dissociated CA1 pyramidal neurons from rat hippocampus

Jie Wu, Guo Zhang Jin

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Abstract

Effects of tetrahydroberberine (THB) on dopamine (DA)-induced response have been investigated in single pyramidal neurons freshly dissociated from CA1 area of the hippocampus using the nystatin perforated patch-clamp, whole-cell recording technique under voltage-clamp configuration. At a holding potential (V(H)) of -20 mV, DA-induced responses included a transient outward current, a slow inward current and a combination of the two. The outward current had a reversal potential of -83.5 ± 8.0 mV which was close to K+ equilibrium potential and was sensitive to TEA, suggesting that this outward current was carried by K+. Application of THB reversibly suppressed three type responses induced by DA with different degrees of inhibitory ratio, THB inhibited the DA-induced outward current in a concentration-dependent manner with an IC50 of 13 μM. The maximal value of the concentration-response curve for DA-induced outward current was suppressed by THB, suggesting a non-competitive inhibition. The results support the hypothesis that THB acts as a novel dopaminergic system antagonist. Furthermore, THB inhibits the DA-induced K+ current non-competitively in single dissociated cells, implying that THB may exhibit other pharmacological action on the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume207
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 5 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dissociated neurons
  • Dopamine
  • K current
  • Patch-clamp
  • Rat hippocampus
  • Tetrahydroberberine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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