Inhibition by SKF38393 of GABA-activated currents in rat DRG neurons

Qin Li, Qin Wen Wang, Zhi Wang Li

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Experiments were performed on neurons freshly isolated from rat DRG using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques. The majority of the neurons examined were sensitive to GABA (60/70) in the concentration range from 10-6 to 10 -3 mol/L, showing obvious desensitization. In the 60 GABA - sensitive cells, responses induced by selective agonist of dopamine D1 receptor SKF38393 [ ( ± ) SKF38393HCL] manifested three types: (1) outward current (7/60); (2) inward current (5/60) and (3) no detectable response (48/60). As compared with GABA-activated current, the amplitude of SKF38393-activated current are smaller and showed no apparent desensitization. When the neurons were treated with SKF38393 prior to application of GABA for 30 s, the GABA-activated current in majority of the cells (53/60) was inhibited, while the remaining six showed no effect. The effect of SKF38393 was dose dependent. That is, with SKF38393 at concentration of 10-7, 10-6, 10-5 and 10-4 mol/L, the GABA-activated current was inhibited by (24.8 ± 2.6)% (n = 7), (26.8 ± 1.5)% (n = 7), (35.6 ± 1.2)% (n =8) and (45.6 ± 2.3)% (n = 8) respectively. By intracellular application of 10-4 mol/L H-7, a potent inhibitor of protein kinase, the inhibitory effect of SKF38393 was abolished completely, a results suggesting that the inhibition by SKF38393 of the GABA-activated current might be a result of intracellular phosphorylation of GABAA receptor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-288
Number of pages9
JournalActa Physiologica Sinica
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998


  • Dopamine D receptor agonist SKF3839
  • Dorsal root ganalion
  • GABA
  • Inhibition
  • Whole-cell patch-clamp recording

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  • Medicine(all)


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