Interaction between different transmitter receptor systems is an emerging feature of neurotransmission at central synapses. G protein-coupled receptors’ ability to form dimers or larger hetero-oligomers probably serves to facilitate the integration of diverse signals within the cell. We found that, in nerve terminals isolated from the cerebral cortices of rats, co-application of the GABAB agonist, baclofen, and of the non-selective mGlu agonist, L-CCG-I, potentiates the basal and depolarization-evoked release of [3H]GABA via a mechanism that involves mobilization of intracellular Ca2? ions. The effect of L-CCG-I ? baclofen was abolished by the phospholipase C inhibitor U73122, reduced by Xestospongin C (an IP3 receptor blocker), and blocked by 2-APB, an IP3 receptor antagonist. Pretreatment of the synaptosomes with the lipid-soluble Ca2? chelator BAPTA-AM also inhibited the effects of L-CCGI ? baclofen. Subtype-selective non-competitive group I mGlu receptor antagonists, MPEP and CPCCOEt, had no effect on the release enhancement produced by baclofen ? L-CCG-I. The enhancement was reversed by the GABAB receptor antagonist, CGP54626, and by the group I/group II mGlu receptor antagonist (R,S)-MCPG. The GABA release-enhancing effects of L-CCG-I ? baclofen in our model might reflect the presence on cortical nerve endings of GABAB/group I mGlu receptor heteromers with pharmacological properties distinct from those of the component receptors. Activation of these heteromeric receptors might modify the function of the GABAB receptor in such a way that it facilitates GABAergic transmission, an effect that might be useful under conditions of excessive glutamatergic activity.
- Gaba release
- eteromeric presynaptic receptor