Focal stimulation of specific pathways in the rat hippocampus causes a reduction in radioligand binding to the haloperidol-sensitive sigma receptor

M. A. Connor, C. Chavkin*

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Abstract

Focal electrical stimulation of selected excitatory pathways in the hippocampal slice caused a decrease in the binding of [3H]-1,3-di(2-tolyl)guanidine (DTG) or [3H]-(+)-3-[hydroxyphenyl]-N-(1-propyl)piperidine ((3H)-(+)3-PPP) to haloperidol-sensitive sigma binding sites in the slice. Activation of the mossy fibers or perforant path by high frequency electrical stimulation caused the reduction in [3H]-DTG binding; whereas activation of fibers in the strata radiatum, lacunosummoleculare, alveus, or oriens did not affect [3H]-DTG binding. The decrease in binding observed was calcium-dependent and tetrodotoxin sensitive and varied with the frequency, intensity, and duration of stimulation. Although haloperidol-sensitive [3H]-DTG binding sites are distributed throughout the hippocampus, stimulation of the perforant path or mossy fibers resulted in a significant reduction in binding only in the dentate region of the slice. The decrease in binding following perforant path stimulation was blocked by the glutamate receptor antagonist 6-cyano-7-nitroquinoxaline-2,3-dione (CNQX); whereas the decrease in binding caused by mossy fiber stimulation was not affected by CNQX or DL-APV. The results obtained support the hypothesis that activation of the granule cells in the hippocampal slice caused the release of an endogenous ligand which acts at the haloperidol-sensitive sigma binding site in the dentate gyrus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)528-536
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1991
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • (+)3-PPP
  • CNQX
  • Ditolylguanidine
  • In vitro rat brain slice
  • Mossy fibers
  • Neurotransmitter release
  • Perforant path
  • Rat

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