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See detailDirect block of SK2 and SK3 current by the sigma agonist 1,3-di-(2-tolyl)guanidine
Lamy, Cédric; Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Dilly, Sébastien ULg et al

Poster (2008, November 17)

Sigma receptors are widely distributed in the central nervous system where they modulate neurotransmitter release, receptor function, ionic channel activity and calcium homeostasis. Two subtypes of sigma ... [more ▼]

Sigma receptors are widely distributed in the central nervous system where they modulate neurotransmitter release, receptor function, ionic channel activity and calcium homeostasis. Two subtypes of sigma receptors have been identified (sigma-1 and sigma-2) with different pharmacological profiles, anatomical distribution and physiological functions. 1,3-Di-(2-tolyl)guanidine (DTG) is a sigma-1 and sigma-2 agonist which is widely used to probe the function of these receptors. It has recently been shown that sigma-1 receptor activation reduces the opening of SK channels in the hippocampus. We have observed that DTG (100 µM) reduces the apamin-sensitive afterhyperpolarization (AHP) of dopaminergic neurons within a slice preparation by ~60%, an effect not observed with other sigma agonists. In addition, neither the selective sigma-1 antagonist BD 1047 (30 µM) nor haloperidol (1 µM) blocked the effect of DTG, which suggested that the inhibition of the AHP might result from a direct block of the underlying SK channels. Whole-cell recordings were made from HEK293 cells transiently transfected with rSK2 or hSK3 cDNA in symmetrical K+ conditions with currents activated by a [Cai] of 1 µM. Expressed SK2 and SK3 channels displayed a classical pharmacology, being blocked by apamin with mean IC50’s of 100 pM and 4 nM, respectively. In contrast, both channel subtypes were blocked with equal sensitivity by N-methyl-laudanosine (NML). DTG inhibited both SK2 and SK3 currents with the same potency (IC50’s were ~30 µM). A mutation that rendered both SK2 and SK3 insensitive to apamin and NML produced a current that was still sensitive to DTG. This direct block of SK channels may be important to consider in relation to the pharmacological effects of this compound. [less ▲]

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See detailSK Channel blockade promotes burst firing in dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons
Rouchet, Nathalie; Waroux, Olivier ULg; Lamy, Cédric et al

in European Journal of Neuroscience (2008), 28(6), 1108-15

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See detailDirect induction of burst firing by SK channel blockade in serotonergic neurons in vivo
Rouchet, Nathalie; Waroux, Olivier ULg; Moreau, Jacqueline ULg et al

Scientific conference (2007, November 04)

Small conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (SK channels) are widely expressed throughout the central nervous system and underlie the medium afterhyperpolarization following a single or a train ... [more ▼]

Small conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (SK channels) are widely expressed throughout the central nervous system and underlie the medium afterhyperpolarization following a single or a train of action potentials. It has been shown that they are involved in the regulation of the excitability and the firing pattern of several types of neurons. In vivo, serotonergic (5-HT) neurons of the dorsal raphe nucleus usually show a tonic pattern of discharge, but they can also display repetitive burst firing activity, usually involving doublets of closely spaced (< 20 ms) action potentials. It has been shown that burst firing is correlated with an increase in transmitter release and postsynaptic effects (Gartside et al., Neuroscience, 98, 295-300, 2000). We hypothesized that SK channels modulate the firing pattern of 5-HT neurons. In a preliminary study, extracellular single-cell recordings combined with iontophoresis showed that UCL1684, a water soluble SK blocker (200 µM), significantly increased the % of spikes produced in bursts in 60% of presumed serotonergic neurons in the anesthetized rat. We confirm here this observation by demonstrating that UCL1684 significantly increased the production of doublets in 17 out of 25 serotonergic neurons. In order to explore whether a GABAergic input was involved in this effect, additional experiments were performed in the presence of the specific GABAA antagonist SR 95531. In these conditions, 50 % (5 out of 10) of serotonergic neurons showed an increase in the production of doublets when UCL 1684 was applied (p = 0.31 vs control), suggesting that a GABAergic input is not implicated in the regulation of the firing pattern of 5-HT neurons by the SK blocker. Finally, the effect of SK channel blockade was explored in vitro in slices. Bath application of the SK blocker apamin (300 nM) did not induce bursting in 15 out of 18 neurons (p < 0.001 vs in vivo control conditions), although it did increase the coefficient of variation of the interspike intervals.Taken together, our results suggest that SK blockade induces burst firing in a majority of dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons. This effect does not involve GABAergic interneurons, but requires an input that is only present in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of SK channel blockade on the firing of dorsal raphe neurons in anaesthetized rats
Alleva, Livia ULg; Rouchet, Nathalie; Waroux, Olivier ULg et al

Poster (2006, October 17)

K channels are small conductance calcium-activated potassium channels which trigger an outward current generating an afterhyperpolarization (AHP). This AHP follows a single or a train of action potential ... [more ▼]

K channels are small conductance calcium-activated potassium channels which trigger an outward current generating an afterhyperpolarization (AHP). This AHP follows a single or a train of action potential, and therefore is important in the regulation of the firing frequency and/or pattern of many types of neurons. Serotonergic (5-HT) neurons from the raphe nuclei express SK channels and exhibit a significant AHP which can be efficiently blocked in vitro by apamin and N-methyl laudanosine (NML) (Scuvée-Moreau et al, 2004). In the later study, we found that some but not all neurons (50%) had a significantly increase in their firing rate when positive current was injected after SK channel blockade. In order to determine the physiological relevance of these channels in vivo, single unit extracellular recordings were carried out in anesthetized rats and combined with iontophoresis of the specific non-peptidic SK channel blocker, UCL1684. 5-HT neurons were tested for their inhibitory response to locally applied 5-HT and histological analysis confirmed the localization of the recording site. UCL 1684 was used at a concentration of 200 µM. Out of 11 neurons recorded, 6 showed a significant increase in the production of doublets, with no effect on their mean firing rate as compared to the control condition. The other neurons were completely unaffected. These results suggest that the responsiveness of presumed 5-HT neurons to SK channel block is variable. Although the use of 200 µM UCL allow us to be sure of a sufficient SK blockade at the recording site (Waroux et al, 2005), we can not rule out the possibility that SK channels present at the dendritic level were not completely blocked. In conclusion, SK channels in vivo might play a role in controlling the firing pattern of a subgroup of 5-HT neurons. [less ▲]

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